Ryan Mallett: Being cut by Texans was probably best thing for me

Dec 17, 2015

That occurred after veteran Brian Hoyer was named the team’s starting quarterback over Mallett heading into the season.

“It was a piece of humble pie, but it digested real quickly”, Mallett said Wednesday. Following the Texans’ loss to Miami, Mallett was released by the team.

Not that we needed confirmation – the Texans’ decision to jettison Ryan Mallett days after he missed a team flight because he says he was stuck in traffic was proof enough – but Mallett says he could have handled things better during his stint in Houston.

After announcing the signing of Mallett on Monday, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh implied that Mallett was dealing with some personal problems, and they believe he has addressed those issues.

Since quarterback Joe Flacco went down with a season-ending knee injury, the Baltimore Ravens have used backup quarterbacks Matt Schaub and Jimmy Clausen in their last three games.

A third-round draft pick of the New England Patriots in 2011, Mallett spent three seasons as a backup to Tom Brady before he was traded to Houston toward the end of training camp in 2014. “The best thing probably was for me to be cut”. He was 2-4 as a starter in two years with the Texans. Since then, Mallett hasn’t been able to find a landing spot until Baltimore chose to give him a shot.

Harbaugh wouldn’t define this as a trial period for Mallett, whose contract reportedly could be worth as much as $2.5 million in 2016. We’ve talked about those things with him. He’s certainly capable of doing it. I love his demeanor. This front office expects to add a few players, let go of a few more, have the injured players return, and march right back to the playoffs.



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