If Ryan Mallett is available, Bengals may show interest

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Aug 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden in the third quarter of a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

For Ryan Mallett to be realistic option in Cincinnati, it’s probably safe to say Jay Gruden would need to remain here as the offensive coordinator and not take a head-coaching job elsewhere. Because Mallett is set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2015, he could be had for a late-round pick this offseason.

The Bengals don’t typically trade for players, but if they plan on drafting a developmental QB this year, why not go ahead and get one with some experience under his belt behind a future hall of famer in Tom Brady?

Mallett has seen his name come up several times in trade talks and it is about that time they start circulating again. With the Houston Texans hiring Bill O’Brien, who was an assistant with the Patriots when Mallett was drafted to the team, expect them to also consider Mallett.

The Cleveland Browns could also make a run at him if Josh McDaniels becomes the team’s head coach. McDaniels has agreed to interview with the team on Saturday and looks to be the favorite for that job.

If this turns into a bidding war, don’t expect Mike Brown to stay in it very long. I can’t see him giving up anything more than a Day 3 pick to acquire Mallet or any QB for that matter.

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