- Tania Ganguli of ESPN reports that the Texans are working to bring back T.J. Yates as their backup to starting QB Brian Hoyer.
Last night, Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle reported that Texans HC Bill O’Brien attempted to release Mallett before their Week 7 game against the Dolphins, but O’Brien wound up being overruled by GM Rick Smith.
However, it appears as though O’Brien ultimately got his wish.
Mallett wound up missing the team’s charter to Miami for their game on Sunday, but manage to catch a flight and join the team later.
Mallett later told reporters that he was stuck in traffic, which led to him missing the flight.
Had it been up to O’Brien, Mallett would never have joined the team in Miami, but Smith pushed to keep Mallett because he believed they needed a capable backup for the game.
It’s worth mentioning that this wasn’t the first time Mallett had missed a team activity, as he wound up sleeping in after O’Brien elected to go with Brian Hoyer as the team’s starting quarterback at the start of the season.
Mallett, 27, signed a two-year, $7 million contract with the Texans back in March that included $1.75 million guaranteed.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Mallett would free up $3.5 million in cap space for the 2016 season while creating no dead money.
This season, Mallett has appeared in six games and thrown for 770 yards while completing 53.1 percent of his passes to go along with three touchdowns and four interceptions.