Texans trade for QB Ryan Mallett

Texans trade for QB Ryan Mallett
August 31, 2014, 12:45 pm
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The Texans have a new quarterback.

The Texans have traded for former New England Patriots' backup Ryan Mallett, CSNHouston has confirmed. According to multiple reports, the Texans gave up a conditional seventh-round pick in the deal.

The Texans elected to keep three quarterbacks on their initial 53-man roster: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum and Tom Savage. Keenum was waived on Sunday. The team didn't get very good quarterback play in the preseason.

In 2011, Mallett's rookie season, Texans head coach Bill O'Brien was the offensive coordinator in New England. The Mallett-to-Houston deal has been-long rumored and reported, dating back to before the 2014 draft.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport first reported the trade on Sunday. 

Mallett is in the final year of his four-year rookie contract. He was selected by the Patriots in the third round of the 2011 draft out of Arkansas.

Mallett, 6-6, 240-pounds, has thrown just eight professional passes while serving as Tom Brady's backup in New England. Mallett became more expendable after the Patriots drafted Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round in the spring.

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