- Brian T. Smith reports that the conditional pick is based on the number of snaps Mallett plays.
- Rapoport adds that the Cowboys were in talks with the Patriots about a trade for Mallett as well.
- Tania Ganguli reports that the Patriots will receive a sixth-round pick from the Texans in return for Mallett.
- Jason Cole expects the Texans to cut QB Case Keenum following the addition of Mallett.
The timing of this move is a little curious given that there have been rumors of Mallett being an option for the Texans ever since Bill O’Brien took over as their head coach at the beginning of the year.
Mallett, 26, is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is set to make $776,976 this season. He hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since 2012.