Busy week for QB Ryan Mallett

March, 28, 2011
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With the NFL draft just a month away, interest is picking up in Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett.

This week Mallett will meet with two teams in pursuit of quarterbacks -- the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins. Mallett will hold a private workout for the Dolphins on Tuesday in Fayetteville, Arkansas, then visit the Bengals in Cincinnati on Thursday and Friday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Mallett is arguably the best pure passer in this year's draft. He could be a target for Cincinnati as a potential replacement for starter Carson Palmer, who demanded a trade and threatened to retire. Mallett reportedly enters the draft with some character concerns, which could keep him out of the first round.

The Dolphins are exploring other avenues at quarterback after an inconsistent 2010 season from starter Chad Henne. Miami's endorsement of Henne this offseason has been lukewarm, at best, and the Dolphins would like to add viable competition for the starting quarterback job next season. The Dolphins will host an additional two-day visit with Mallett on April 14-15 in Miami.

ESPN's Adam Schefter also reports Miami and Cincinnati have scheduled private workouts with Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, who is a projected first-rounder.

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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