I didn't want the title to be obnoxiously long, but something like "Rumor from anonymous Twitterer that claims to have worked in NFL:" would have more accurately described this. Take it for what it's worth.
There's this guy on Twitter under the name NFLosophy. His description says that he is a "Former NFL Operations Coordinator," and he's mentioned many times that he worked for a team whose GM was fired and that he lost his job as part of the house-cleaning that happened with the new GM. He is trying to find another job in the league.
Outside of being a great guy to follow for draft scouting and an idea of how things work behind the scenes, he temporarily dropped one little tidbit that I'd figure would be of notice here.
First, a statement of his opinion not about his opinion of Mallett, but more about teambuilding philosophy:
If the Chiefs believe Ryan Mallet is the guy for them, I'd have no problem if they gave up their 1st round pick to the Pats for him.
That's the first overall pick, ladies and gentlemen.
And because there are enough people that think their complaints on Twitter actually get somewhere, one of his followers accused him of having no idea what he was talking about, pertaining to Mallett being worth a first round pick. And then he dropped the gem:
Fact: Belichick has already been offered a first round pick for him and turned it down.
To add to the speculation, the tweet was deleted and he hasn't said anything else on the subject since.
I don't really know what to think about the claim that a team offered a first for Mallett, but I definitely see why Belichick would turn it down. It's an old strategy that I remember using in Madden. If you have a player that makes a team better, then you want their pick from the season before they get him rather than the season that they do have him. If they're a 4-12 team without him and a 8-8 team with him, you want that 4-12 pick rather than the 8-8 pick. Assuming there's still a team out there that values him at a first round pick, which I don't doubt given this lackluster QB class (assuming there every was such a team in the first place), then Belichick could trade Mallett before the draft and know exactly what pick he's getting rather than playing the first round pick lottery.
Acknowledging that this is one anonymous guy's claim that may be completely try or complete nonsense (which I hope I've made painfully clear), then what do people think?
tl;dr: Twitter user claims to have worked in NFL, says Belichick turned down first round pick for Mallett.