The Patriots have dealt backup quarterback Ryan Mallett to the Houston Texans, according to multiple reports, receiving a conditional seventh round pick in exchange.
Ryan Mallett has been traded to the #Texans, source says— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 31, 2014
Mallet, a 2011 third round draft pick by the Patriots, was the subject of trade rumors for the past two seasons. Those rumors only intensified after the team drafted Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason in the second round.
Mallett, in his fourth year out of Arkansas, was in the final year of his rookie contract.
The Texans released quarterback Case Keenum, the team's No. 2 quarterback, after acquiring Mallett, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.