Rumor Mill: Patriots To Trade Ryan Mallett
RUMOR: The Patriots, looking at
quarterbacks in the Draft and are willing to trade Ryan Mallet in the
2014 Draft for the right price.
SOURCE: East West Shrine game, Scout.com
UPDATE: 02/01/14 Word from the
2014 East West Shrine game was that the Patriots scouting the
quarterbacks heavily. While most contact with all players is
normal, New England staffers were spending extra time studying the QB
class in Mobile according to our insider. After review, that
sentiment has been corroborated by other sources. The Senior
Bowl was another area where New England was showing interest in the QB
UPSIDE: By trading Mallett now, the Patriots can realize maximum value
for a player they're paying a final year of his rookie
contract. With Mallett having just one year left on his
rookie contract, the team may be willing to send him to a team
desperate for a solid QB who learned under the Patriots' system,
especially with guidance from Tom Brady. Brian Hoyer was a perfect example of that in Cleveland. Matt Cassel
was not-so-much in Kansas City.
New England used a 3rd round pick on Mallet in 2012. If they
can parley the trade into a better third round pick and a player, or an
additional pick, many insiders feel they'd do it. It's not
like the team will replace Tom Brady with Ryan Mallett right now.
DOWNSIDE: As usual, the risk of trading a player who is familiar with
the system and has a future as a starter is that the starter ahead of
him ( Tom Brady ) could get injured. If that happened after
New England traded Mallett, the team would be scrambling for a QB who
could "get by". When Brady went down with a knee injury in
the first game of the 2008 season, Matt Cassel stepped in to lead the
team to an 11-5 record barely missing the playoffs. Trading
Mallett would remove that safety net the team currently enjoys.
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