Quarterback Ryan Mallett signed with the Ravens on Tuesday, the team announced. Mallett signed a contract that could pay him as much as $2.5 million in 2016, according to NFL.com, as the Ravens became the latest team attempting to unlock Mallett's potential.
Mallett’s arrival means the Ravens will make a roster move with a quarterback. Bryn Renner could be released, or Matt Schaub could be placed on injured reserve. But adding Mallett is not just a move for this season. The Ravens are trying to settle on a backup for Joe Flacco in 2016, and Mallett will get a chance to audition for the job.
Nobody questions Mallett’s arm strength, but he must show the Ravens he is a team player who can be counted on. Mallett battled Brian Hoyer for the Texans’ starting job during training camp this season, and Hoyer won out. Mallett did not react well after Hoyer was announced as the starter, missing practice the next day, saying he overslept.
Mallett got another chance to start in Week 2, but he was injured again in Week 5, and lost his starting job to Hoyer again. Again, Mallett did not respond well, missing a team flight to Miami, which forced him to fly commercial. The Texans cut Mallett in late October, but after working out Mallett recently, the Ravens decided to give him another chance.
The Ravens will be Mallett’s third NFL team, after stints with the Patriots and the Texans. Mallett was a Patriots’ third-round pick in 2011, and at one point was the backup quarterback behind Tom Brady. However, the Patriots traded Mallett to the Texans before the 2014 season.