In NFL news, the Baltimore Ravens have signed quarterback Ryan Mallett, according to a report from ESPN. A source informed ESPN's Ed Werder that Mallett sought treatment for personal issues related to this season's downward spiral with the Houston Texans, and the professional help he received was enough for the Ravens to add him to their roster. NFL.com reports that the deal could reach $2.6 million in 2016, including a $1.5 million base salary with $1 million in incentives.
Mallett was released by the Texans on October 27 after missing a team flight to Miami because he overslept. The quarterback had previously missed a team meeting after Brian Hoyer was named the starter over Mallett, but Texans coach Bill O'Brien chalked it up to competitive frustration. According to NFL media insider Ian Rapoport, several teams were interested in Mallett's services, but he ultimately signed with the 4-9 Ravens. Injuries have hit the quarterback position hard in recent weeks, including signal-callers in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Dallas, and even in Houston.
Not only did the Ravens lose their starting quarterback, but they lost their starting running back Justin Forsett and best wide receiver Steve Smith to season-ending injuries. Their first round draft pick Breshad Perriman never played a single snap this year after injuring his knee during the first practice of training camp. Up until this past Sunday, the Ravens hadn't lost a game by more than eight points, yet currently sit fourth in the NFL Draft order with that 4-9 record. The acquisition of Ryan Mallett won't tip the scales, but it will provide depth at the position come next season. Mallett has a chance to earn playing time in the final three games of 2015, dependent on how quickly he can adapt to his new playbook.
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