In what world does this make sense? The New England Patriots exhausted a second-round pick on a quarterback in a draft where they could have acquired an immediate impact performer at another position. Now comes the news that they have no interest in trading backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, who was selected in the third round of the 2011 draft.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had this to say on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday (via Pro Football Talk).
Well, that’s not really something that we’re that interested in,” Belichick said regarding the prospect of trading Mallett. “Ryan’s done a good job for us. Fortunately for our team, maybe unfortunately for Ryan, he hasn’t really had any playing time in the last three years but he’s improved tremendously as a quarterback and as a football player and we have a lot of confidence in him.
As you already know, the Patriots have a way of speaking to the media while saying absolutely nothing at all. This could very well be smoke and mirrors in order for them to get something substantial in return for Mallett. Remember, there were rumors during the draft earlier this month that New England was close to dealing Mallett to the Houston Texans. That’s a deal that could very well still be in place, especially after Houston waited until the mid rounds to select a quarterback (Tom Savage).
In any event, I fully expect the Patriots to entertain the possibility of moving Mallett prior to the start of the season, at which point they might be in the market for a veteran backup.
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