Josh Rosen to Patriots? Arizona Cardinals trade speculation continues with New England
The Josh Rosen trade speculation just will not stop.
He’s also been linked to the New England Patriots.
Could Rosen be Tom Brady’s successor in New England?
NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah added some fire to the speculation on Monday, writing that the quarterback would be a great fit with the Patriots.
“I could make a strong argument that the Redskins should do everything in their power to acquire Rosen because I believe he's better than any QB who will be available at Pick No. 15 in Round 1. However, the other team I would keep an eye on is New England. Not only would the Patriots land an heir apparent for Tom Brady, but they love a good deal and Rosen offers a tremendous value for a young quarterback in terms of the money attached to his contract (he has three years and $6.2 million remaining on his rookie deal). Plus, they have an ample amount of draft capital (12 total picks, tied for the most of any team). In my opinion, Rosen is worth the Patriots' first-round pick (32nd overall). I would trade it for him in a heartbeat. They would still have plenty of draft capital to move around the board, if they so desire, even if they swapped that selection.
“Bill Belichick covets intelligence and toughness in his players. I think those are Rosen's top two qualities. He'd give the Pats cheap insurance in case something were to happen to Brady, as well as a long-term succession plan. Plus, I think Rosen would thrive in that offensive system. He'll be challenged mentally given the way that they game plan so specifically for each week, and he'll rise to that challenge.”
Jeremiah wrote that if Rosen were traded by Arizona, the next quarterback domino to fall would also include the Cardinals. It would be the team drafting Kyler Murray with the first pick in the 2019 NFL draft.
“If Rosen is indeed being shopped, it would seem to indicate the Cardinals are intending to make Murray their pick at No. 1 overall. In the short term, he's an upgrade over Rosen in the sense that Murray's going to be able to cover up some of Arizona's issues on the offensive line. He'll provide excitement to an organization desperately lacking in that department. In a division with the high-flying Rams, the Cards can play an offensive shootout brand of football that new head coach Kliff Kingsbury is accustomed to from his time at Texas Tech. Long term, I'd prefer to build around Rosen because I expect he'll be the better NFL QB once he gets a good offensive line in front of him, but that's not close to being fixed in Arizona. I understand the special relationship between Murray and Kingsbury, who recruited Murray when he was in high school, and I do believe this pairing could work. It's the ideal landing spot for the former Oklahoma QB.”
More Josh Rosen trade talk
NFL Network: Could Josh Rosen become Tom Brady’s successor?
Jeremiah and fellow NFL Network analyst Rich Eisen discussed Rosen being traded to the Patriots to potentially be Brady successor in a recent video posted on patriots.com.
SI.com’s Albert Breer wrote that teams are preparing to trade for Rosen.
“Teams are still in the dark on the availability of Cardinals QB Josh Rosen. But I’m told that’s not stopping them from getting their ducks in a row, with guys who’ve worked with Rosen over the last few years fielding phone calls and having discussions with intrigued teams gathering background. If you want to see the real-life application of the perception that Kyler Murray is Arizona-bound, there you have it.”
Arizona Cardinals NFL draft history: Quarterbacks