Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald writes that the New England Patriots will have a “pretty important decision” to make regarding the backup quarterback position.
According to Guregian, New England can either field trade offers for him in the coming months, try to re-sign him to an extension or allow him to play out the final year of his contract.
Mallett has been a popular name in trade rumors for a few years now, having been linked to the Texans and Vikings. The fact that Bill O’Brien is now the new head coach of Houston makes them seem like a possibly landing spot, depending on what their plan is for the draft and free agency.
Guregian believes the Patriots need to stay ahead of the curve and possibly consider drafting a replacement for Mallett if they aren’t willing to commit to him being the heir apparent to Brady.
Paying Mallett a market value contract to backup Brady would cost them a lot more than taking a quarterback prospect to develop in the middle rounds of the draft while Brady plays out the remainder of his current contract.
Brady, 36, has four remains remaining on his $60 million contract. He has an average base salary of $14.12 million over this span to go along with similar cap figures.
I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about Mallett and a possible trade in the coming months.