Monday, February 11, 2013
Update on Mallett-to-Cleveland
By Tim Kavanagh
Back on Jan. 18, Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe suggested that the Cleveland Browns -- led by newly hired personnel man Michael Lombardi -- could look to trade for New England Patriots backup QB Ryan Mallett. Lombardi was believed to be high on Mallett and not-so-high on the QBs currently on the roster in Cleveland.
However, in an item posted Sunday, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer now reports that the Browns "aren't expected to pursue" Mallett.
Cabot does mention the rumored availability of Alex Smith, Matt Flynn and Michael Vick, though she also pans the notion of the Browns adding Vick, despite CEO Joe Banner's appreciation of the Eagles QB.
The lack of interest in Mallett is a little puzzling, but perhaps the Browns feel that if they're going to invest in another QB option, they want a player that's proven successful as a starter at the NFL level, something which Mallett has not done to this point.