The New England Patriotshave traded Mallett to the Houston Texans. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, who originally broke the news, reported that the Patriots received a seventh-round draft pick that can become a sixth-round pick based on playing time. NFL Media's Albert Breer reports that it will turn into a sixth-round pick if Mallett plays over 40 percent of the Texans' snaps this season.
The Patriots hoped to use the preseason as a showcase for Mallett, even starting him in the team's first preseason game. Mallett struggled, however, potentially hurting his trade value. He played just one series in New England's preseason finale, another sign the team still had Mallett on the market.
Don't be surprised if Mallett eventually sees game action for a Texans team searching for a passer they can trust.