Ryan Mallett’s time with the Houston Texans has ended. The fifth-year pro and former Arkansas quarterback was released by the Texans, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
Mallett battled with veteran Brian Hoyer for Houston’s starting quarterback job during training camp, but ultimately lost the competition. Mallett has been a headache for the franchise ever since. He missed two days of training camp after Hoyer was named the starter and most recently missed Houston’s charter flight to Miami for last weekend’s game. Mallett claimed he missed the flight because of traffic.
The third-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft started two seasons for Arkansas after transferring from Michigan in 2007. Mallett tossed 7,493 yards and 62 touchdowns in 26 games for the Razorbacks. He was found success in his two seasons as the Razorbacks’ starter. Mallett led Arkansas to an 8-5 record in 2009 and the team’s first bowl victory since 2003 and carried the Razorbacks to their second 10-win season since 1989 a year later.
Mallett was viewed as a potential heir to Tom Brady when the Patriots drafted him in 2011. But Mallett couldn’t even surpass the mercurial Hoyer during the summer, which led to the downward spiral. Another NFL team could take a shot on Mallett’s potential, but his baggage will follow him wherever he goes.