Friday, January 18, 2013
Mallett to Cleveland?
By Tim Kavanagh
Prior to the 2011 NFL Draft, NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi speculated that Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett was going to be a first-round pick. Now that Lombardi's been named as the Cleveland Browns' new GM, he'll have a chance to back up that evaluation if he so chooses.
In light of the Lombardi news, Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe tweeted that this development puts a "possible Ryan Mallett trade back on front burner." The Browns have not made any announcements on what they're going to do at QB for 2013 -- with Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner running the show -- but some believe that Colt McCoy is as good as gone, and that some competition (at the very least) will be brought in for Brandon Weeden.
It's unclear what the Patriots would want in trade for Mallett, as he was good enough as the understudy to Tom Brady for them to cut ties with Brian Hoyer, but he hasn't gotten much work in the time since. Teams can sometimes be aggressive when a new management team is in place, and that could be the case for Cleveland. Stay tuned.