So I was debating with a buddy about how much value Mallett may have in regards to trading. The reason why you would trade Mallett is because his contract expires at the same time as Brady's. Meaning, if you resign Brady, Mallett will probably look elsewhere to start, if you resign Mallett, it means it's probably the end for Brady.
While the QB market is weak, I still do not think Mallett has any trade value.
First, if you thought Hoyer was worth a second round pick, you need to think about what you're going to say before you say the Pats could net a second round pick for Mallett.
Here are my points:
1. Who are the QB needy teams and where does Mallett fit. KC is QB needy, but I doubt they'll take another unproven QB from the Pats/ I'm not too sure Mallett fits into Reid's west coast offense. Buffalo and NY? Doubt Mallett gets traded in the division. Arizona? After Kolb? Doubt they go for another unproven guy again. Tebow is probably going to Jax, so not them either.
2. Luck, Griffin, Wilson effect. Teams used to give QBs a learning curve and give them 2-3 years to fully develop. These three rookies just showed that rookie QB's can prosper. Wilson was a third round pick, so it's not like it only goes for top 2 picks. Mallett hasn't shown much in his limited action.
3.Trading for Mallett will only give a team control of him for 2 more years. Drafting a rookie will give them control of him for 4. Unless he gets traded to a team with the same system, he's practically a rookie all over again.
4. What has he done to improve his trade value? He has not played that well in his limited time. People who say spending two years behind Brady need to tell me how that worked out for Rohan Davey, Kevin O' Connell, Matt Cassell, etc. Look at the backups for the elite QBs of the league and tell me that sitting behind them made them really good. Mallett was taken in the third round for a reason. Yes, he had off the field issues, but I've seen plenty of players with worse off the field issues taken in the first round.
Sorry if I sound negative, but I just don't see the hype in some people's talk about how Mallett will net them a 2nd round pick or whatever. Just seems like people's best argument is that he's sat behind Brady for 2 seasons. Well, if I'm a GM, i'm not going to sell a ranch for Chase Daniels because he sat behind Drew Brees for 4 seasons.
In my eyes, Mallett's best value remains as the backup QB for the Patriots. And I think it is a good sign if he never gets a single start for us.