New coach Bill O'Brien essentially has four clipboard-holders on his quarterback depth chart.
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NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport told Dan Hellie on "NFL Total Access" on Monday that there is still "mutual interest" in a Mallett trade.
"From what I understand, there is still a chance (for a trade)," Rapoport said on NFL Network, adding that May 27 is the key date because that's when the Patriots take the field for organized team activities.
If trade talks are still extant later this month, it wouldn't make sense for the Patriots to risk an injury to Mallett by allowing him to join teammates in practices.
This is a match we're pulling for, if only to see if O'Brien can set an unofficial record for most No. 2 quarterbacks on one roster.