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The Houston Texans may or may not be interested in acquiring New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett.

Multiple reports claimed the Texans were considering the possibility of trading for the Patriots backup signal caller instead of selecting one with the No. 1 overall pick in May s draft.

Those rumors were only exacerbated by the fact Texans head coach Bill O Brien was Mallett s offensive coordinator during his rookie campaign and Mallett threw in front of NFL teams at Arkansas pro day Thursday.

The Houston Chronicle s Jon McClain said he doesn t believe the Texans are interested in obtaining Mallett.

If the Texans were to pursue a former protege of O Brien s, the team would likely call the Cleveland Browns to gauge interest in possibly trading Brian Hoyer, McClain added.

O Brien and Hoyer spent three seasons together in New England, and the Browns may be willing to listen to offers.

The Browns are also starting over and searching for a quarterback. Hoyer was signed by the previous regime and isn t guaranteed to be a part of the team s plans moving forward.

In fact, the Browns may be more interested in current Texans quarterback Matt Schaub, who is expected to be released due to his $14.12 million cap hit.

Schaub had two of his best seasons as a professional in 2008 and 09 under the supervision of then Texans offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan is now calling plays for the Browns.

Both the Texans and Browns are searching for a quarterback. They each own Top 4 picks in May s NFL draft. If both teams are unhappy with their quarterback options, they could pursue other avenues. Yet, none of them seem to involve Mallett.

Mallett, who is entering the last year of his rookie contract, may have to way until after this season to finally receive an opportunity to become a starting NFL quarterback.

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