The Arizona Cardinals needed a new franchise quarterback last year, so they drafted one with the tenth pick of the draft—UCLA’s Josh Rosen. Fast forward a year and the rumor mill has the Cardinals expected to take a quarterback in the first round again.
In a way, yes. But at the same time, head coaches often prefer to have a quarterback that fits the kind of system they want to run. The Cardinals new head coach, Kliff Kingsbury, is known for a style of offense that a guy like Rosen is not ideally suited.
Kyler Murray, on the other hand, would be perfect. However, if the Cardinals are going to select Murray with the No. 1 pick this year, they will need to move Rosen.
Heading into the draft last year, Rosen was held in high regard by many. While his rookie season wasn’t great, the team around him was pretty bad. So, while he may not get them a first round pick, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him go for a second rounder.
Despite all the speculation, the Cardinals have not indicated what their plans are for the No. 1 pick or whether they intend on trading Rosen. According to several media reports, they do not have him on the block, but several teams have inquired about him.
Should they decide to trade him, where is he going to go?
According to BetOnline.ag, the odds favor Rosen playing for the Washington Redskins in Week One of the 2019 season (+300) followed by the Dolphins (+500), Patriots (+600), Giants (+700), Raiders (+900), Bengals, Saints, or Broncos (+1200), and Steelers (+1400).
The Broncos just traded for Joe Flacco, so unless they can get Rosen for cheap, they are not going to be interested. The same can probably be said for the Steelers and Bengals. The Giants and Saints could be interested since their current quarterbacks are not getting any younger, but the Giants are expected to draft Dwayne Haskins, and the Saints haven’t shown any interest.
Oakland is worth considering since Jon Gruden doesn’t seem married to the idea of Derek Carr as his franchise quarterback. However, it is more likely that he drafts someone rather than trade for him. That leaves the Patriots, Dolphins, and Redskins.
Belichick doesn’t have Tom Brady’s successor on the roster which makes the Patriots a good candidate—but only at the right price. Miami could be one too assuming they cut Ryan Tannehill as expected. The team that could give them the most, though, is the Washington Redskins.
The Redskins thought they had their quarterback for the immediate future in Alex Smith, but then a terrible leg injury put an end to that. Head coach Jay Gruden has talked favorably about Colt McCoy, but he is just a bridge at best.
Even if they do roll with McCoy this season, the Redskins need a QB of the future. As highly regarded as Rosen was in college, it is not hard to imagine him filling that role for the Redskins. So, if the Cardinals do trade Rosen, the Redskins are likely a safe bet.