Ryan Mallett And The BucsMarch 12th, 2013
So do the Bucs want competition for Josh Freeman or not?
Depending on the time of the year and which member of the Bucs organization Joe talks to, either Josh Freeman is firmly dug in as the Bucs starter, or the Bucs want someone to push him (or both?).
It seems this afternoon, the “Freeeman-needs-pushing” element of the Bucs organization must have cold-called the Patriots asking about the availability of backup quarterback and former second round pick Ryan Mallett, so reports Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.
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.
It’s unknown what type of compensation has been discussed. Mallett was drafted in the third round in 2011, so it would make sense for the Patriots to covet a similar pick, if not something with more value.
Though getting a capable backup like tis certainly a smart move, Joe has given up trying to read the tea leaves on whether the Bucs are nervous about Freeman or believe he is their stud for the next 10 years.
The answer to that question will be answered by the end of the 2013 season.