With their selection of Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots seemed to be signaling the end of current backup quarterback Ryan Mallett‘s tenure with the team. However, Thursday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Bill Belichick told Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan that Mallett isn’t going anywhere just yet.
“That’s not really something that we’re that interested in,” Belichick said about the prospects of dealing the former Razorback. “Ryan’s done a good job for us. Fortunately for our team, and maybe unfortunately for Ryan, he hasn’t really had any playing time the last three years. But he’s improved tremendously as a quarterback and as a football player, and we have a lot of confidence in him. But at the same time, he’s in the last year of a contract, and Jimmy was the kind of player we had with a high grade on. And at that position, I just don’t think you can afford to pass up a player that has that kind of value.”
Belichick also spoke with Miller and Kirwan about the possibility of instant replay reform in the league’s future.