FOXBORO -- Even though the Patriots and Texans didn’t get together on a deal for Ryan Mallett during the draft, the chance still exists that Big Tex can be moved.
Ian Rapoport from NFL Network reported that Houston hasn’t closed the door yet.
The depth chart in Houston currently has a collection of flawed players who -- when the stars are aligned -- can be brilliant, but are more routinely average to not too good. Ryan Fitzpatrick, T.J. Yates and Case Keenum are the veterans. Tom Savage from Pittsburgh has been added to the mix.
Now, the Texans have no urgency to add the less-than-sure-thing Mallett. They might as well figure out during minicamp if Savage is what they thought he was, and then consider lopping the worst guy or two from their rolls. Then the Texans could bring in Mallett -- to see what he’s got, because he still hasn’t had that tell-all chance to prove himself.
The Patriots can’t hope for more than a sixth-rounder in exchange, one would suppose.
Mallett’s going to be a free agent at the end of the year. He’s got a rookie quarterback who’s been brought in to take his job. Teams may be unwilling to even give up a pick for Mallett if they know he’s going to be released during training camp. Which makes the battle between Garoppolo and Mallett the first one we’ll watch the Eastern Illinois quarterback try to tackle.
Mallett’s career is at a crossroads right now. It will be interesting to see if he ever gets a shot like some of the quarterbacks he was drafted after in 2011 -- Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder -- already have.