Josh Rosen trade report: New York Giants to explore deal for Arizona Cardinals quarterback

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The New York Giants have been rumored to be interested in Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen for some time, but the speculation is now heating up.

ESPN's Dan Graziano reported Wednesday that the Giants are interested in Rosen to be Eli Manning's successor in New York.

From his report: "Should they decide not to take a quarterback early in this year's draft, perhaps instead using those two first-round picks to help rebuild their defense in a defense-heavy draft, the Giants believe they have options. Sources said they would explore a trade for Arizona's Josh Rosen, if the Cardinals decide to make him available, but that they aren't sure yet whether that will happen or whether they would be sure to make an offer for Rosen if it did."

The report said that New York is committed to keeping Manning, 38, this season, but they need to find a successor for him.

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New York has the No. 6 and No. 17 picks in the first round of this year's NFL draft after trading Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns.

New York could be a good landing spot for Rosen, should Arizona attempt to trade their first-round pick from last season.

The Cardinals hold the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL draft and have been linked to Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with that selection in many recent NFL mock draft projections.

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Cards Wire's Jess Root wrote about two potential trades the Giants could make with the Cardinals.

No. 1: "New York could use the pick they get from the Browns to acquire Rosen, which still gives them the sixth overall pick to take another talented player. They get their franchise quarterback and one of the top talents of the draft."

No. 2: "Some believe the Cardinals are trying to create value for the No. 1 overall pick to trade it. If that is the case and they really do want to stick with Rosen as their quarterback of the future, and the Giants are in love with either Murray or Ohio States Dwayne Haskins, they could package both of their first-round picks to move up to No. 1. It would likely take more than that, but those two picks would be the centerpieces of this year’s draft for Arizona. The Giants get their QB and the Cardinals get the chance to acquire more picks and fill more holes on their team."'s Matt Lombardo wrote about how a Giants trade for Rosen is more likely after the Beckham trade.

He wrote: "Imagine that, trading Beckham clears the way for the Giants to trade for their quarterback of the future without needed to invest either of their two selections in the top 20. ... Hypothetically, if the Giants trade for Rosen this week and release Eli Manning prior to Monday, they would free up an additional $13 million in cap space to potentially add a free agent wide receiver and depth in the defensive front-seven."

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"Looking at a potential Rosen trade, I believe you could easily flip the former first-round pick for a middle-round selection based on his play and contract," he wrote. "Although his rookie numbers were greatly affected by instability at the offensive coordinator position and a subpar offensive line, Rosen connected on 55.2 percent of his passes with an 11:14 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Those numbers aren't bad for a classic pocket passer with limited mobility playing behind a shaky offensive line that failed to protect him. With that in mind, I believe a team in need of a QB1 would certainly opt for Rosen over one of the signal-callers available in the 2019 draft. You could make a reasonable argument that Rosen would be the best passer in the class or cherry pick the top five and slot him in where he fits. I would rank Rosen no lower than third among the passers in this class, with the Cardinals QB slotted ahead of Missouri's Drew Lock and Duke's Daniel Jones. Although each is viewed as a better athlete and playmaker, Rosen is a more refined passer with a game that easily fits into a traditional pro-style offense."

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The New York Post's Paul Schwartz wrote about how Rosen could be the play at QB for Giants GM Dave Gettleman.

"What Gettleman does own is draft capital — 12 picks this year, including two in the first round (Nos. 6 and 17 overall), one in the second round (No. 37), one in the third round (No. 95), two in the fourth round and three in the fifth round," he wrote. "At this time last year, Gettleman and the scouts were evaluating the 2018 quarterback class, and it is believed they had a solid grade on Rosen. They quite possibly view him as a stronger prospect than Haskins, even after Rosen’s rough rookie year with the Cardinals. If so, this is the play for Gettleman."