With the 2014 NFL Draft nearly underway, Tom E. Curran reported the New England Patriots and Houston Texans were in talks to move quarterback Ryan Mallett to Houston in exchange for a third-round pick, according to a source. A second source told him nothing was doing on that front.
"The Texans are the drivers so far," Curran said on Chevrolet SportsNet Central. "Bill O'Brien, former Patirots offensive coordinator, is now in Houston as their head coach, and if the Houston Texans don't a quarterback at No. 1, as seems to be the case, they'll take Jadeveon Clowney. That would put them in the market for a quarterback."
The Texans currently hold the top pick in the second round, which will be held Friday night. But the potential acquisition of Mallett wouldn't preclude the team from drafting a rookie quarterback outside the first round.
"That doesn't mean that Mallet will go to Houston to be the anointed starter," said Curran. "He could go there and compete and at least be a placeholder if the Texans are able to move on and take a quarterback in the second round in this year's draft."
Mallett's contract is up after the upcoming 2014 season, and with the expectation Tom Brady will continue on as New England's starter, he could walk to find a chance to compete for the starting spot with another NFL franchise.
"The Patriots are in a situation where anything the get back for Mallett is gravy," Curran said.
"Right now Houston and the Patriots will likely, I'm told, probably get something done," Curran said, citing a media source.