It was clear from the time Arizona picked Kyler Murray at No.1 overall that Rosen's time with the Cardinals was nearing an end. The only question was what Arizona's asking price would be. The Dolphins were able to maneuver around in the second round and ultimately got their quarterback of the future by shipping the 62nd pick to the Cardinals. As for Rosen, he gets to start anew after a disastrous rookie season where he was surrounded by lackluster talent in a clunky system. Rosen now gets to compete with Ryan Fitzpatrick in Miami and figures to take over the starting job at some point in 2019.
A number of teams have inquired about Rosen's availability this offseason, most notably the Giants, Dolphins and Chargers. Each locale has an aging quarterback in the starting job, but those organizations may soon be on the lookout for the next man up. Rosen is an ideal candidate considering his pedigree as the 10th selection of last year's draft and the addition of Murray. That said, the Cardinals aren't going to hand Rosen away after the investment made in him, so how the draft plays out in the coming days could force another team to give up what his current organization desires as a return.
Since the Cardinals hired Kliff Kingsbury, Rosen has been the subject of trade rumors due to the coach's affinity for 2018 Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, who opted to try his hand in the NFL instead of pursuing a career in MLB. Throughout the offseason, it has been reported that a number of teams have inquired about Rosen, and at least one of them offered a formal trade proposal, per The Arizona Republic. The 10th overall pick in the 2018 draft, Rosen wasn't put in a position to succeed as a rookie, playing behind a porous offensive line, operating under two offensive coordinators and having little skill-position talent aside from David Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk (foot). It's difficult to forecast Rosen's future until the Cardinals make a decision on the quarterback front.
While many players who are subject to trade talks have opted to sit out OTAs with their current clubs, that's not the case with Rosen, who is believed to be on the block. He didn't post an intriguing rookie campaign, completing just 55 percent of his pass attempts on his way to an 11:14 TD:INT, but that won't deter at least a few teams from seeking out the services of the fourth quarterback taken -- the 10th-overall pick -- in the 2018 NFL Draft. Rosen doesn't fit the scheme of new head coach Kliff Kingsbury particularly well, while Kyler Murray would be an ideal candidate to fit that role. If that's the plan, look for Rosen to be moved ahead of the draft.
The Cardinals are shopping Rosen, according to Joel Klatt of Fox Sports. "There are three teams that I have heard and I know are very interested in Josh Rosen and that's New England, that's the New York Giants, and that's the L.A. Chargers," Klatt said on Fox's The Undisputed on Wednesday. "One of those have already offered a second-round pick."
The puzzle pieces continue to fall into place regarding Rosen's fate. Putting two and two together, the Cardinals' hiring of Kliff Kingsbury in January followed comments he made while at Texas Tech last fall in which he said he "would take him [then Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray] with the first pick of the draft" if he could. Kingsbury has just that opportunity with Arizona, but the decision will come one year removed from the Cards trading up to select Rosen, 10th overall. Rosen didn't fare particularly well under two offensive coordinators as a rookie, throwing for more than 200 yards four times while accruing 11 touchdowns in 13 starts. He also tossed 14 interceptions (including four pick-sixes), fumbled 10 times and was sacked on 45 occasions. Expect Kingsbury and GM Steve Keim to make the call on Rosen's future once the evaluation process on Murray is complete.
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