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HOUSTON – The Houston Texans have acquired QB Ryan Mallet from the New England Patriots in exchange for a conditional 7th round pick.

To make room for Mallet, the Texans have released QB Case Keenum.

Mallet was drafted back in 2011 when current Texans coach Bill O'Brien was the offensive coordinator in New England.

The two teams were reportedly close to a deal for Mallet around the NFL Draft, but it never materialized.

Mallet, 26, has spent all three years of his NFL career with the Patriots and served as the primary back-up to Tom Brady the past two seasons.

The 6-foot-6 quarterback from Arkansas appeared in three games this preseason, completing 14 of 26 attempts for 161 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.

He hasn't seen much game action during the regular season since being drafted, appearing in a small number of games and only completing 1 pass for 17 yards against the Texans back in 2012.

Mallet will join starter Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie Tom Savage on the quarterback depth chart.

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