New England Patriots: Rick Smith

One question that has filled the Twitter inbox over the last 24 hours is if the New England Patriots have intentions to trade backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, perhaps to a team like the Houston Texans.

Texans general manager Rick Smith was asked Friday if there have been any talks between the teams. There have not, according to Smith.



This doesn't mean the sides couldn't strike up a dialogue at some point, but the belief here remains that Mallett has more value to the Patriots as a No. 2/insurance policy than what the club could possibly receive in return (projected by me as a late-round draft pick).

Mallett is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2014 season, and if he has a big preseason the Patriots could benefit next offseason in the form of a high compensatory draft choice should Mallett sign a larger contract elsewhere.

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