Just a couple of hours after Bill Belichick explained how comfortable he felt with his team's situation at quarterback multiple reports suggest the Patriots traded Ryan Mallett to Houston. Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com reports the Patriots will receive a sixth-round pick.
EDIT: The sixth-rounder is actually a conditional draft pick in 2016. It will be a seventh-round pick unless Mallett plays 40 percent of the snaps for Houston, in which case it would jump to a sixth.
The deal ends months of speculation involving Mallett, who will join an offense he's familiar with as former offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien is the Texans head coach.
"We have three good players at that position, three players we have a lot of confidence in," Belichick said of his quarterbacks during a conference call Sunday morning. "I'm sure there are teams in the league that don't have that feeling, maybe about one. We're fortunate to have three good players there."
Assuming the reports are accurate, that number is down to two with rookie second-round pick Jimmy Garoppolo backing up Tom Brady. The deal would also leave the Patriots roster at 52.