Former Patriots backup Jim Miller got Bill Belichick on his SiriusXM NFL Radio show on Thursday and asked if the Patriots fielded any calls about trading current backup Ryan Mallett.
“Well, that’s not really something we’re that interested in,” Belichick said, neatly sidestepping the question of whether there were discussions. “Ryan’s done a good job for us. Fortunately for our team, maybe unfortunately for Ryan, he hasn’t really had any playing time in the last three years but he’s improved tremendously as a quarterback and as a football player and we have a lot of confidence in him.”
As we reported during the draft, the Texans and Patriots entertained the possibility of a deal involving Mallett. Once the Texans drafted Tom Savage, Houston’s interest withered, although Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network said after the draft “mutual interest” remained. Rapoport said the Texans were interested in extending Mallett for one year if they acquired him because of his expiring contract.
That’s something that Belichick said played into the drafting of Jimmy Garoppolo.
“(Mallett’s) in the last year of a contract and Jimmy was a player that we had a high grade on and at that position I just don’t think you can afford to pass up a player that you think has that kind of value,” Belichick told Miller and co-host Pat Kirwan. “We feel like we have a good quarterback situation. I think there’s a lot of teams in the league that maybe don’t feel good about that position and that’s not a good position to not feel good about. We feel very good about the players that we have at that spot.”