The move that has been rumored for months has finally happened, according to Ian Rapoport. See how Texans fans are reacting to the news of Ryan Mallett coming to the Texans and what it could mean for the current QBs on the roster.
Ian Rapoport's been leading this charge for months, and now he's reporting it's finally happened:
Ryan Mallett has been traded to the #Texans, source says— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 31, 2014
Assuming the report is accurate, no word yet on what the Texans gave up to acquire Ryan Mallett; I would hope it wasn't much . The Patriots, according to Tania Ganguli (whose tweet is below), will receive a sixth round draft pick from the Texans, presumably in the 2015 NFL Draft.
I certainly hope this doesn't also mean that the team is giving Mallett a new contract, though that could be in the cards. Even though Mallett does have some history with Bill O'Brien and thus presumably a working knowledge of O'Brien's offensive scheme, I do not expect anyone by Ryan Fitzpatrick to be starting at QB for the Texans for the foreseeable future.
Ryan Mallett's arrival also means that Case Keenum is surely about to be cut. The only question is whether another team (read: Baltimore, with Gary Kubiak running the offense) signs him or not. Regardless, the Case Keenum Era in Houston ends today.
Your reaction to the Mallett acquisition and Case Keenum's inevitable departure?
UPDATE (12:46 P.M. CDT): More from Rapoport on why the Texans pulled the trigger:
Why did the #Texans have to trade for Ryan Mallett instead of claim him? The #Cowboys were in talks with #Patriots, too.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 31, 2014
UPDATE (12:49 P.M. CDT): Now we know what the Texans gave up to acquire Mallett.
Confirmed the #texans have traded for Ryan Mallett. They get a 6th round pick.— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) August 31, 2014
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