Originally Posted by TheIronDuke
Why give up a high pick for Mallet, who is completely unproven, in the last year of his contract? Makes absolutely no sense at all to me when we can use a second of our own on a QB if we're not sold on Bridgewater or Manziel and have them under team control for awhile without a huge cap hit. Are we the only team who can't try to draft a freaking franchise QB in the NFL? Why are we only happy picking up other team's back-ups to start?
And if we trade for him and he's awesome, then what? We franchise him when we're in cap trouble? Alternately we can sign him after we trade for him but I doubt he'd want to do that without testing the market.
Look at the drafts when this is being contemplated. 2007 was JaMarcus Russell, Kolb, Beck, Stanton. Schaub was better than any of them.
There is no reason they can't do a new deal rather than running out his rookie contract and having to rely on the franchise tag. Hopefully it is a smartly structured deal if it happens. He's set to make $777k under his contract. Bump him to a contract without substantial dead money if he doesn't pan out - something like a $3 mil signing bonus, $2mil 2014, roster bonus 2015 and three more years on the contract.