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2015 Houston Texans Free Agency News: Ryan Mallett Told His Agent to Keep Him in Houston "At All Costs"

QB Ryan Mallett spoke with the media after re-signing with the Texans this week. See what he had to say after the deal was finally done and catch up on any Houston Texans free agency news you might have missed.

"Coach, we need another wide receiver!"
"Coach, we need another wide receiver!"
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Several key free agency moves for Houston took place earlier this week in a whirlwind of announcements that mostly revolved around the quarterback position.  A few of the announcements included two linebackers, the most accomplished player in the Texans' brief history, and his departure to join division rival Indianapolis Colts.

The Swinging Door of Free Agency at NRG Stadium




Ryan Mallett Wanted Houston

Here are various quotes regarding Ryan Mallett's excitement to remain in Houston to try and earn the starting role as the Texans quarterback for 2015 and beyond:

CBS Sports Radio 610 provided the following from an interview with Ryan Mallett:

[About staying in Houston]

"It feels good to know I’m going to be here," Mallett said. "I wanted to be here. I am just ready to get started, ready for spring ball, and ready for the summer."

"That is one thing I told (my agents): ‘Make sure – I want to be here at all costs, if possible,'" Mallett said. "That’s what we ended up doing."

[Competing for the starting QB position]

"I think you always have to be (ready)," Mallett said. "Our football team is based on competition. I don’t think the quarterback position should be treated any differently. I can’t wait to get out here with the guys and go to work and get going."

The Mothership included these quotes in an article regarding Mallett staying with Houston:

[Always being around the team, even while injured and inactive]

"Regardless if I’m playing (or not). I go to practice with those guys, meetings with those guys every day. Even after I got hurt. So to me, I just wanted to be a part of it."

"We had a chance at the very end of the season to make the playoffs. I just try to help as much as I can. To be around. I didn’t want to be sulking around because I’m hurt and I can’t play. There’s nothing fun about that," Mallett said.

[O'Brien's thoughts on Mallett]

"There's no doubt about his love for the game of football," O'Brien said in late February at the Combine. "Now he's gotta be able to go out there, rehab the injury and come back and have a consistent offseason." shared this on their site:

"I didn’t want it to linger," Mallett said at NRG Stadium, a day after agreeing to a new two-year, $7 million contract with the Texans. "I’m ready to get to work. This is where I want to be."

He added: "This is a great city. I had a good experience last year. I wasn’t on the same page when I got here but I am now."

It has been a wild ride of emotions this week.  The quarterback battle in training camp is now clearly set between two former teammates who are very familiar with O'Brien's system.  Mallett should have the edge over Hoyer, but he'll obviously have to earn it.

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