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The Texans have a "lot of interest" in Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed Thursday on NFL Network's "2014 NFL Draft Kickoff." CSN New England's Tom Curran previously mentioned a potential trade of Mallett-to-Houston, although he cautioned that there were conflicting sources in the story. Curran's source says a third-round pick would go to New England in the deal. (Our guess: It would be a 2015 pick.)
O'Brien, the new Texans coach, was Mallett's offensive coordinator during his rookie season in New England. Mallett has been mentioned in potential trade talks ever since -- despite mediocre preseason results.