This contrasts with a report from Monday in that mentioned a Mallett-trade remains a possibility, even after the Texans grabbed Tom Savage in round five of last week’s NFL Draft.
If a deal were to happen, it would likely take place in the next few weeks. We’ll have more updates as the news is available.
Ian Rapoport reports that there is still “mutual interest” between the Texans and Patriots regarding a possible trade for QB Ryan Mallett.
“From what I understand, there is still a chance (for a trade),” Rapoport said, via NFL.com.
Rapoport mentions that May 27 remains the key date to watch in regards to a potential trade as this is the start of the Patriots organized team activities.
According to Rapoport, the Patriots wouldn’t risk Mallett getting injury if there is a deal in the works.
Houston came away from last week’s draft with Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage in round four, which is actually a pretty decent value, at when you consider that some in the media believed he would ultimately be a second-round pick.
However, it’s hard to say that Savage is ready to start in the NFL, which means there is a decent enough chance that Ryan Fitzpatrick could be the Texans starter for Week 1.
I’m sure Houston will continue to explore all of their options regarding a potential starter and there is a chance that the Patriots are more willing to trade Mallett now that they drafted Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round.
Mallett, 25, is entering the final year of his rookie contract, so trading for Mallett is a little more complicated that parting with draft picks, as the Texans would have to lock him up to a new contract once the deal was agreed upon.
We’ll have more regarding a potential Mallett-trade as the news is available.