The Browns are not interested in trading for New England Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, a league source confirmed today for the Beacon Journal.
Earlier this afternoon, the Boston Herald reported that the Browns had called the Patriots about Mallett.
The Patriots want at least a second-round draft pick in exchange for Mallett, a third-round selection (No. 74 overall) in 2011, according to the Boston Herald. The Browns don’t have a second-round pick this year, so they would need to acquire one in a separate trade or offer a future one to pull off such a deal. Regardless, the Browns are not interested, the source said.
The NFL Draft begins at 8 p.m. today.
Reports out of Boston linking Mallett to the Browns popped up in December and have continued to surface every couple of months since. Patriots coach Bill Belichick has a close relationship with new Browns General Manager Mike Lombardi, who raved about Mallett, 24, heading into the 2011 draft while serving as an analyst for NFL Network.
The Browns have Brandon Weeden, 29, penciled in as their starting quarterback, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the new regime continues to look for someone else at the position. Mallett, though, isn't a target right now.
Stuck behind Tom Brady, Mallett has attempted only four career passes in the regular season.
“I think Ryan improved a lot last year,” Belichick said in March at the NFL owners meeting. “I think he really had a good season. I think he was obviously, like every player that came out in the ’11 draft was slowed by the lack of preparation heading into the season [because of the NFL lockout]. But last year, I thought he really performed well.”
When asked about other teams possibly trying to trade for the 6-foot-6, 245-pound Mallett, Belichick said, “I couldn’t comment on that. I’m glad he plays for our team.”