Rosen signed a one-year contract with the 49ers on Wednesday. Rosen will finish out the season with San Francisco, and it's possible the team will even thrust him into a starting role for the season finale to see whether the 2018 first-round pick has something to offer. Given his lack of familiarity with the team's system, Rosen will open as the backup to C.J. Beathard, who will start Saturday's game against the Cardinals with Nick Mullens (elbow) and Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) both unlikely to play again in 2020.
The 49ers signed Rosen off the Buccaneers' practice squad Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Rosen was cut by the Dolphins in September and landed on the Bucs' practice squad, and he's finally found a new home. The 49ers need depth at quarterback following news that Nick Mullens (elbow) is done for the year and Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) isn't expected to be activated from IR. In turn, Rosen will serve as C.J. Beathard's backup in Saturday's game versus the Cardinals, who selected him 10th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Rosen signed with the Buccaneers' practice squad Sunday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. After going unclaimed on waivers, Rosen apparently could've signed with an active roster elsewhere, but he chose to restart his career in a good situation in Tampa Bay. With head coach Bruce Arians and legendary QB Tom Brady, Rosen stands to learn a lot as a practice squad member with the Buccaneers, and he can be patient as he develops before seeking a new team.
Rosen wasn't claimed on waivers, thus becoming a free agent, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Rosen is a free agent for the first time since being selected 10th overall by the Cardinals in the 2018 NFL Draft. Apparently, Rosen's agents actively lobbied teams not to claim him off waivers, providing the 23-year-old an opportunity to choose where he'll get a fresh start. The quarterback has spent the last two seasons with the Cardinals and Dolphins, and although he underperformed, neither of those teams were ideal for his development. Rosen will seek a backup job where he can fine-tune his skills for a potential starting job in the future.
The Bengals will not use their top waiver priority on Rosen, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports. "That's not the direction we're headed right now," coach Zac Taylor said. This really shouldn't be a surprise -- the Bengals just used the first overall pick of the 2020 draft on Joe Burrow and aren't looking for another project as a potential future starting quarterback. They might, however, look for a third quarterback on the waiver wire just to have some depth.
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