Mallett was released by the team Tuesday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, according to a source informed of the Texans‘ plans. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle first reported the news.
That wraps up a tumultuous few days in Houston that included Mallett missing his team’s charter flight for the game. Mallett subsequently blamed some Houston traffic — which the Chronicle says was non-existent — for his absence. Mallett also was late for a practice during training camp when he said his alarm clock broke.
The Mallett era will not be looked back upon fondly. The Texans acquired the former New England Patriot for practically nothing in a trade last season. He started two games for the team in 2014 before tearing his pectoral muscle. Mallett was beat out by Brian Hoyer for the starting job this preseason, but took over for Hoyer late in the team’s ugly Week 1 loss to Kansas City.
Mallett improbably held on to the starting job for four games, and was one of the worst starters in the league. His passes only seemed to have one speed. Missing the team flight Saturday was the last straw for his stay with the team.
The Houston Chronicle reported Monday that O’Brien wanted to release Mallett over the weekend, but general manager Rick Smith overruled him. That makes sense considering that Hoyer was the only other active quarterback on the roster for Sunday’s debacle in Miami, where they trailed 41-0 at halftime. The Texans are expected to sign or trade for a veteran to back up Hoyer, Rapoport reports. T.J. Yates, who started one of Houston’s two postseason victories ever, is currently a free agent.
Mallett is suddenly a free agent, too. It will be interesting to see if any other team gives him a shot after this episode in Houston. A third-round pick by the Patriots in 2011, Mallett might have to wait until the offseason to get work again.