Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 12/19/12
Greg Bedard is at it again. The Boston Globe reporter who set the Internet ablaze with his sourced report regarding the possibility of Nick Saban joining Mike Lombardi in Cleveland has shifted gears. In his latest, putting together a mosaic of items from ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi and the Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot, Bedard reports that if Josh McDaniels is in fact the next head coach of the Browns, that the team would then trade for Patriots reserve quarterback Ryan Mallett. “A Banner-Lombardi-McDaniels trio, McDaniels being a born-and-bred Ohioan, and a chance to rebuild where the Bill Belichick tree was first planted, would be factors that would likely get a blessing from Belichick,” writes Bedard. “One more log to throw on the fire: those two initial sources said that if Lombardi and McDaniels indeed team up in Cleveland, the chances are good that they will attempt to trade for Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett and install him as the franchise quarterback. Brandon Weeden would be out, or in a backup role.” The 6-foot-6-inch Mallett has not been provided the opportunity to play much since being acquired two seasons ago. The strong-armed quarterback outplayed former Patriots back-up Brian Hoyer in the four exhibition games in 2012, completing a higher percentage of passes, for more yards, more touchdowns, and a better rating. The Browns recently used a 22nd-overall selection on Weeden who, in his rookie season, has amassed a passer rating of 72.4. He has completed 57 percent of his passes for 3,281 yards with 14 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. [Related: The Banner Takeover – Worrisome from the jump]
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