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2014 NFL Draft: Texans to trade for Ryan Mallett?

By Jeff Reynolds |

Could Houston get its quarterback of the future this weekend without selecting one in the NFL draft?

According to NBC Sports' Tom Curran, the Texans engaged the New England Patriots in trade talks centered around backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, who played for current Texans head coach Bill O'Brien.

O'Brien was offensive coordinator of the Patriots when Mallett was drafted 74th overall in 2012.

Mallett would not be guaranteed an improved position on the depth chart in Houston. The Texans signed Ryan Fitzpatrick and Case Keenum is still on the roster.

The Texans and Patriots have been transparently scouring the 2014 draft class for quarterbacks. New England hosted Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater, among others, and the Texans worked out or hosted at least 11 quarterbacks. For that reason, trading more than a late-round pick would be a mild upset, and a vote from O'Brien against the rookie crop.

Tom Brady turns 37 in August and while he has been durable most of his career -- with the exception of the 2008 season, when he was sideline with a torn ACL -- the Patriots could be ready to look for his heir apparent.

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