Ryan Mallett is entering the final year of his rookie deal and with Tom Brady in front of him on the depth chart, he doesn't figure to see the field in New England anytime soon.
Nick Underhill of masslive.com reports that the Houston Texans have expressed interest in trading for the former Arkansas quarterback, a third-round pick in 2011.
A trade would reunite Mallett with Texans coach Bill O'brien, who was New England's offensive coordinator during Mallett's rookie season.
Nothing appears imminent, but if the Patriots could get a decent return for Mallett, they might be willing to pull the trigger as they stand to lose him after this season anyway.
Mike Florio suggests a fair trade would include a 2014 mid-round draft pick and a 2015 conditional pick that would hinge on the success of Mallett and/or the team in the upcoming season.
And we know how Bill Belichick loves his draft picks.