CURRAN: Patriots Back-Up QB Ryan Mallett May Be Headed to Houston

Ian Logue
May 08, 2014 at 05:00pm ET

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Patriots back-up QB Ryan Mallett may be calling signals elsewhere next season.
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There has been plenty of speculation regarding the future of Ryan Mallett over the past few months, and it sounds like we may be on the verge of learning more in the not too distant future.

According to CSNNE's Tom Curran, the back-up quarterback, who was heading into the final year of his contract with the Patriots, may be headed to the Texans.  Curran cites a source who tells him that a deal "may soon be done" between the Patriots and Houston, with head coach Bill Belichick apparently working out a deal with former offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien to potentially yield his new team their future starting quarterback.

Curran followed up by saying, "Not a done deal at all but the machinations have begun."

While a deal may not yet be done, it makes sense for the Patriots to move the veteran back-up.  The former 3rd round pick was set to become a free agent after this season and it would have been tough to see him walk away without any type of compensation.

The only downside to losing Mallett would be the fact it would leave New England without an experienced back-up behind starter Tom Brady, but it may be a chance they're willing to take.  It's also likely they'll draft someone this weekend, although most are likely hoping the Patriots don't spend an early round pick on one and instead focus on using it to continue bolstering talent.

For now we'll have to see how it plays out.  But if there is indeed any truth to this latest report, it could end up potentially being a very interesting weekend.