Eyewitness Sports confirms the Texans have reached a 2-year deal with Ryan Mallett. Bob Slovak reports the deal is worth $7 million. Mallett's deal includes $1.75 million in guaranteed money, a source tells ESPN.
A second reports by NFL insider Ian Rapoport says the Texans are also planning to sign former Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Brian Hoyer. The Michigan State University product started the season as a stable force for the Browns, leading them to a 7-4 record before ultimately being benched in favor of Johnny Manziel. The Browns finished the season 7-9.
The #Texans have agreed to terms with QB Ryan Mallett, source said. So it’ll be Hoyer & Mallett in Houston.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2015
But the deal between Hoyer and Houston isn't set it stone. ESPN's Adam Schedter says while Hoyer is planning on signing with Houston, he will still field an offer from the New York Jets today. If Hoyer went to New York, he'd contend with turnover-prone Geno Smith for the starting job. He'd likely be contending with Mallett for the starting job in Houston.
Still a good chance QB Brian Hoyer winds up in Houston, but his agent still is negotiating with the Jets and NY will be given a chance here.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2015
Both quarterbacks have prior experience with Texans head coach Bill O'Brien. Both served as Tom Brady's backup when O'Brien was coaching with the New England Patriots.
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