Part of the buzz surrounding the New England Patriots during the NFL draft was the possibility of trading backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, with the league-owned NFL Network pumping the storyline for multiple days, including after the draft.
Bill Belichick didn’t shoot down those reports when asked at the draft, telling local media members to ask those who were reporting the story, but he made his most decisive statement on the topic in a Thursday evening interview on Sirius XM NFL Radio.
“That’s not really something we’re that interested in,” Belichick said, when asked if the team fielded any trade calls about Mallett from other teams. “Ryan has done a good job for us. Fortunately for our team, maybe unfortunately for Ryan, he hasn’t really had any playing time in the last three years. But he’s improved tremendously as a quarterback and as a football player, and we have a lot of confidence in him. But at the same time, he’s in the last year of a contract, and Jimmy [Garoppolo] was again a player we had with a high grade on. At that position, I just don’t think you can afford to pass up a player that you think has that kind of value.
"We feel like we have a good quarterback situation. I think there are a lot of teams in the league that maybe don’t feel that good about that position, and that’s not a good position to not feel good about. We feel very good about the players we have at that spot.”
Belichick’s interview was with the “Movin’ the Chains” program with hosts Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan. When Kirwan touched on the importance of adding young quarterbacks every few years, and how it’s an ever-evolving process, Belichick agreed.
“We’ve certainly seen teams not take that approach, and I’d say in some cases the results have been pretty disastrous,” Belichick said. “I don’t think that’s a position that you can ever have too much depth at. Certainly too much is better than not enough. Again, we’ll put those players out there and let them compete and see how it goes. But I think all three of them are quality players at that position."