Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 2/28/13

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots gestures as he lines up in the shotgun formation against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Tom Brady’s successor isn’t on the Patriots roster as of now, and won’t be for a year or two. Brady’s new contract ensured his backup Ryan Mallet, who was a 3rd round selection, had a first round grade and fell due to off the field questions in the 2011 NFL Draft, doesn’t have a future in Foxboro. Now that the first domino has fallen in Alex Smith going to Kansas City, the value has been set for quarterbacks in the 2013 market. Word is the Patriots aren’t actively pursuing a trade, but Bill Belichick isn’t scared of wheeling and dealing, especially in a year he has limited picks in a deep draft. According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the bar has been set and the Patriots could cash in on Mallet. Howe writes: ‘There were long odds for Mallett to be Tom Brady’s heir apparent to the Patriots’ throne even before the franchise quarterback’s contract extension. Mallett’s contract expires after 2014, which means he’d have to turn down a chance to compete elsewhere for a starting job to re-sign with the Pats. The Patriots spent a third-round pick on Mallett in 2011, even though they were happy with backup Brian Hoyer. The immediate speculation was the Pats saw value in a quarterback who was once viewed as a high first-round pick, and if Mallett developed while keeping his reputation clean away from the field, the team could flip him for a better pick. The Pats could use an additional selection in April, as two of their five picks are in the last round.’   var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
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