Texans Make Statement; Dump QB Mallett After Missing Charter Flight

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The Texans made a pretty sizable statement on Tuesday, cutting quarterback Ryan Mallett three days after he missed the teams’ charter flight to Miami for a game against the Dolphins Sunday.

A report from ESPN Monday stated that coach Bill O’Brien was so upset over Saturday’s incident that he at first wanted to release Mallett right there and then, but was overruled by general manager Rick Smith.

The QB was late for meetings Saturday, blaming his tardiness on traffic. He then missed the team’s charter flight to South Florida. He had to fly commercial to join the team for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins and did not play in the blowout loss that at one point saw Houston trail 41-0.

Mallett’s contract guaranteed him $1.75 million this season but had no guaranteed money for 2016.

The quarterback was his own worst enemy, he was at first thought to be a first round pick coming out of Arkansas in 2011, but his off the field issues and behavior ended up dropping him to the Patriots in the third round.

He was moved to the Texans after three seasons in New England, and it was surprising he wasn’t able to beat out Hoyer for the starter job.

Mallett came in the first game after Hoyer struggled, but couldn’t hold on to the starter job very long. He pulled himself a game on October 8th after taking a hit and getting the wind knocked out of him, but once Hoyer came on, he stayed on, and Mallett was caught sulking on the sideline by the cameras.

Now it will be interesting to see if a team takes a chance on him.

Reports say that the Texans will sign T.J. Yates to be the backup at QB for Brian Hoyer, who is a free agent.


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