Originally Posted by Lucky
New England doesn't "have to" trade Mallett, either. They could keep him through 2014, lose him in 2015 free agency, and possibly get a comp draft pick for Mallett in 2016. Or trade him pre-or-mid season to a team that loses a QB. There's also the possibility that other QB hungry teams (JAX, OAK, CLE, etc.) could want Mallett after evaluating this class of QBs. You're making a lot of assumptions that don't pass the smell test.
Out of all those options regarding moving Mallett, getting a 2-1 in a talent rich draft seems, to me, to be the best for the Pats. Comp picks start at round 3; they'd get what amounts to a late one if we pull the trigger. Offering Mallett up in case OAK/JAX/CLE/etc. wants him later on won't get them a 2-1 ....unless they're goofy enough to give the Pats their 1st round pick for a backup.
No, they don't have to trade Mallett at all. But this sure would be a sweet deal for them. Unless O'Brien really likes the kid AND plans on running a very similar offense to the one the Pats ran back then, and maybe he does, I don't see any advantage for the Texans.