With the news of yesterday’s contract extension for Tom Brady in New England, rumors have surfaced that the Patriots are now willing to part with young backup quarterback Ryan Mallett. According to former Pats beat writer and current NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport, the Patriots are “expected to entertain” offers for Mallett, who they drafted in the third round (74th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.
The 24-year old Mallett has only completed one career regular season NFL pass in a Patriots uniform, meaning most teams won’t be willing to give up much for the unproven slinger. The Patriots are reportedly looking for a second or third round pick in return.
Patriots are expected to place former 3rd round pick QB Ryan Mallett on trade block, looking for 2nd or 3rd back. Browns could have interest
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_RealUpdates) February 25, 2013
Mallet also dealt with disciplinary issues while in college, which played a factor into why dropped to the third round in 2011 when most scouts labeled him as first round talent. Though he hasn’t had any problems in New England, that could also raise a red flag for any team potentially interested in acquiring his services.
[Pro Football Zone]