Source: No trade talks yet for Mallett

Source: No trade talks yet for Mallett
April 25, 2013, 2:30 pm
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The Patriots have so far had no conversations about draft-day deals for backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, according to a source.
 
With a dearth of top-tier quarterbacks on the board (NFL Network’s Mike Mayock projected only one to go in the first round), it seemed likely Mallett would curry some attention.
 
So far, though, no talks.
 
Mallett was a third-round pick in 2011 and has been Tom Brady’s backup for two seasons. Originally seen as a first-round talent, Mallett was on the board until the third round because of alleged concerns about his maturity and off-field lifestyle. Those concerns have been proven unfounded in his first two years with the Patriots. Now, with two years remaining on his rookie deal, Mallett would seem a shrewd addition by a team in the market for a quarterback.
 
The team trading for Mallett would get two seasons to decide whether Mallett was their guy going forward, but wouldn’t have to go through the whole NFL orientation process they’d have to endure if they took a quarterback like West Virginia’s Geno Smith, Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib or Florida State’s E.J. Manuel in this draft.
 
Even though Mallett was uneven during the 2012 preseason, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick lauded Mallett’s improvement. New England hasn’t hinted at plans to move Mallett.
 
But the landscape is this: Brady signed a four-year extension earlier this offseason, so Mallett’s presumed hope of being an NFL starter is still years away if he remains with New England.
 
Given the dice rolls teams will execute in the first round of the draft Thursday night, the silence around Mallett is mystifying. But it is what it is.