Source: Ryan Mallett sets up meetings

Updated: March 28, 2011, 1:32 PM ET
By James Walker | ESPN.com

This week will be extremely busy for former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett.

Arguably the best pure passer in this year's NFL draft (ESPN, April 28-30), the 6-foot-6, 238-pound Mallett will hold a private workout with the Miami Dolphins and a two-day visit with the Cincinnati Bengals this week, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Dolphins officials will converge in Fayetteville, Ark., on Tuesday to run Mallett through drills and take an up-close look at the strong-armed quarterback. Miami's quarterback position is in flux with the inconsistency of starter Chad Henne. The Dolphins also will host an additional two-day visit with Mallett on April 14-15 in Miami, further displaying their interest in finding competition for Henne this upcoming season.

Following his workout with the Dolphins this week, the Bengals will bring Mallett to Cincinnati for a two-day visit on Thursday and Friday. This should not come as a surprise with Cincinnati's quarterback position in turmoil after starter Carson Palmer demanded to be traded and threatened to retire. The Bengals said they would not trade Palmer but are looking at potential replacements in the event Palmer does not return.

Mallett threw for 3,869 yards, 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season for the Razorbacks.

Mallett said at Arkansas' pro day earlier this month that he didn't feel ambushed by the questions he received at the NFL combine in Indianapolis about rumors of drug use. He added that he doesn't regret any of the answers he provided.

At his pro day, Mallett ran the 40-yard dash in 5.37 seconds. He pulled up almost immediately after taking off on his first attempt down the indoor track, saying afterward that he got off to a bad start. He decided against running the sprint a third time.

Mallett posted a vertical jump of 26 inches and a broad jump of 8 feet, 7.25 inches. He displayed a strong arm while throwing passes to several of his former Arkansas wide receivers and tight ends, including a few deep throws that were on target.

James Walker covers the AFC North for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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