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Browns, Bucs interested in Tom Brady's backup

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08:02 AM ET 03.13 | Yet another young backup quarterback, nearly by virtue of his not yet failing, has some interest in the trade market. The Browns and Buccaneers have expressed interest to the Patriots in trading for quarterback Ryan Mallett, but a deal seems unlikely at this point, according to a source. The CBA doesn't allow players to restructure their contracts until after their third season if they were drafted in 2011 or later, and that has tempered teams' interest in acquiring Mallett. Of course, Mallett would be under a team's control through 2014 for affordable money, but a new team would prefer to have some long-term security if they're going to invest in a potential starting quarterback.

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March 13, 2013  08:09 AM ET

With Brady signed on until he's 40, Mallett would have to wait 5 more years to inherit the starter's job.

March 13, 2013  08:20 AM ET
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With Brady signed on until he's 40, Mallett would have to wait 5 more years to inherit the starter's job.

You're assuming Brady stays injury-free. Glass half-full?

March 13, 2013  08:31 AM ET

Did those interested teams not see what happened with Matt Cassell???

March 13, 2013  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

You're assuming Brady stays injury-free. Glass half-full?

With the exception of the knee season, he's been a very durable player. And, they've invested in an O-line to keep him healthy, unlike some other teams.

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March 13, 2013  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

You're assuming Brady stays injury-free. Glass half-full?

Also assuming a long term deal in the NFL means anything... see Peyton Manning's long term deal in Indy, voided a year later, see Asomugha's long term deal in Philly, voided after two years... I could go on. New England has always put the team ahead of individuals... I will be the bank Tom Brady isn't the starting QB at 40.

March 13, 2013  09:43 AM ET

*bet the bank

March 13, 2013  09:45 AM ET
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Did those interested teams not see what happened with Matt Cassell???

So you are just assuming that any Patriot's backup is going to be a bust? Remember how Brady got his start? As the Patriot's backup!

Listen, I have no idea if Mallett will be a capable NFL starter, but I do know it is ridiculous to assume that just because Cassel was a bust, all future backups to Tom Brady will be as well.

March 13, 2013  09:52 AM ET
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Did those interested teams not see what happened with Matt Cassell???

Very good point and just how many "backup QBs", can the Browns carry on their roster???

March 13, 2013  09:55 AM ET

Based on what? The guy has thrown all of four passes in a regular season game. One was caught by a team mate and one by the other team. He has more value as a back up than in trade.

March 13, 2013  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Also assuming a long term deal in the NFL means anything... see Peyton Manning's long term deal in Indy, voided a year later, see Asomugha's long term deal in Philly, voided after two years... I could go on. New England has always put the team ahead of individuals... I will be the bank Tom Brady isn't the starting QB at 40.

Point taken, but at the same time I dont think the Patriots signed Brady just to void his deal. I think he's worth a bit more to the franchise than the aforementioned impulse-buy, big name free agents (and I'd consider the Manning situation a special case, which isnt to say Brady wont end up as some special case of his own, it just seems highly unlikely to me).

March 13, 2013  09:57 AM ET
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Based on what? The guy has thrown all of four passes in a regular season game. One was caught by a team mate and one by the other team. He has more value as a back up than in trade.

They told that to Matt Flynn too. Now he's got his money and he's still retaining his value as a back up

March 13, 2013  10:00 AM ET
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Maybe those teams should have drafted him. They all had multiple picks before New England grabbed him.

The QBs taken ahead of him in the second round of that draft were Dalton and Kaepernick. Mallett went in the third round because that was where he graded out. Nobody gave him first round grades. And honestly, he is unknown and untested and where he belongs, as cheap back up to brady.

March 13, 2013  10:01 AM ET

This is premature. Bill is floating trial balloons and just laying the groundwork so he can get some high draft picks in the next year or two. The line will go something like this...."he has had three years of study in the Patriot system, Brady's tutelage and mentoring, he's been a model citizen and has a cannon for an arm so he's worth high draft picks...." Again, this is just the start of the marketing blitz.

March 13, 2013  10:09 AM ET

I don't think Mallet is a contender to replace Josh Freeman, so he might just be a backup there. Lord only knows what happens if he gets to Cleveland. The Browns worst nightmare just might be discovering that Ryan Mallett is their most capable QB.

March 13, 2013  10:12 AM ET
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With the exception of the knee season, he's been a very durable player. And, they've invested in an O-line to keep him healthy, unlike some other teams.

Hard to name any team that would be as good, or nearly so, with their starter out. If you think there is a shortage of good starting qBs, what do people think the back ups look like.

March 13, 2013  10:13 AM ET

Isn't Brady's money guaranteed?

March 13, 2013  10:16 AM ET
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he's been a model citizen and has a cannon for an arm so he's worth high draft picks...."

I doubt it. Flynn had that one game where he lit it up, as of now Mallett has only some seven on seven drills from summer practices to show. Maybe someday, but not now. This is a silly story anyways. At least at this point. Just fodder. Any offer would be the same, a third round pick.

March 13, 2013  10:17 AM ET
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They told that to Matt Flynn too. Now he's got his money and he's still retaining his value as a back up

"his value as a backup", just what does that mean??? Doesn't all NFL backup QBs have somewhat of a "value"?? :-)

 
March 13, 2013  10:17 AM ET
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Isn't Brady's money guaranteed?

$57 million of it. nice deal for him and team, as long as he stays upright. His skills should stay just fine.

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