Josh Rosen trade: Why Los Angeles Chargers would want to acquire Arizona Cardinals QB
A new team has recently joined the discussion: The Los Angeles Chargers.
Why would the Chargers (or any other NFL team for that matter) be interested in trading for the quarterback?
The Heat Index takes a look at some intriguing reasons to pursue Rosen, the former UCLA QB who struggled in his first season in the NFL.
The Chargers hold the 28th overall pick (first round) and 60th overall pick (second round) in the 2019 NFL draft.
1. Arizona's 3-13 season wasn't entirely his fault
Rosen had to play behind a patchwork offensive line and went through an offensive coordinator change during his rookie season. He was often running for his life, but still managed to throw 11 touchdowns on the year against 14 interceptions. He showed glimpses of possible future greatness amid all the turmoil in Arizona last season.
2. Philip Rivers could mentor Rosen
The Chargers have to move on from Rivers eventually and acquiring Rosen could provide the opportunity for the young quarterback to sit a season and learn from the veteran quarterback. Rosen had Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon to learn from last season, Rivers is in a completely different class. Rosen could be a great successor to Rivers.
3. Rosen would help the Chargers reload
The Chargers have are coming off a 12-4 regular season record in 2018, which included a playoff win. They have some key young pieces to build around in the future once Rivers decides to retire from the game. Rosen could help form a great young nucleus to lead Los Angeles for the next decade.
4. Rosen could use a fresh start
When he came out of UCLA, Rosen was considered by some to be the most pro-ready passer in the 2018 draft. Could a coaching change for him help his career like Jared Goff's in Los Angeles? He might not fit Kliff Kingsbury's scheme in Arizona perfectly, but the scheme in Los Angeles could better fit him and his skills. He also played at UCLA and grew up in Southern California, so a "homecoming" of sorts could really jump-start his career.
5. Rosen's contract is affordable (and he could save team money)
Under his rookie contract, Rosen is due just $1.28 million in guaranteed salary in 2019 and not much more in 2020 and 2021 ($800,000 increase per season). That makes him an appealing possibility for the Chargers and other teams looking for an affordable, young quarterback.
Josh Rosen to Chargers trade rumors, speculation:
FOX Sports' Joel Klatt: Chargers among 3 teams 'very interested' in Josh Rosen
"There are 3 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 The Undisputed with Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe on Wednesday. "One of those have already offered a 2nd-round pick.
"Those are the three teams that have expressed some interest. There is one of those that has offered firmly a second round pick for Josh Rosen. Arizona is waiting for a first. I don't think they'll get it, but right now there is a second round pick on the table.
"He's going to get moved, but what's the price? I think they are kind of waiting for the timing and ultimately what is that second-round pick, but I don't think they are going to get a first for him."
SB Nation: It would be a surprise if Chargers traded for Josh Rosen
Michaekl Peterson writes: "Apparently. it is the Chargers that have already offered a second-round pick for the quarterback. For those of you who are in favor of a trade for Rosen, you may be in luck if this is true that the Chargers are the only team to make an offer. With one of the worst groups of surrounding talent in the NFL, Rosen threw for 2,278 yards and 11 touchdowns with 14 interceptions. On paper alone, his rookie season looks like a huge let-down. When you look at the tape, however, you can still see a lot of promise and those same intangibles that vaulted him to the top of the first round last year. If the Chargers were to pull this off, what would it mean for Philip Rivers? Do they extend him for just another year or two? He’s already mentioned he would like to play at least two more years. And what about newly-signed Tyrod Taylor? Is he all of a sudden trade bait? At the end of the day, I still think the possibility of a trade is extremely unlikely. But there’s been enough buzz over the last few weeks regarding the idea that I believe it’s definitely something worth keeping an eye on."
Chargers Wire: What would it cost Chargers for Josh Rosen?
Gavino Borquez writes: "In order for this to go through, I believe the Chargers would give up a second-round selection, as well as Tyrod Taylor, who was signed earlier this month. Arizona may want a little bit more compensation, but that’s what I feel would complete the trade. For many, it’s difficult to wrap their heads around this with many holes left to fill in the draft, considering Rosen won’t see the field for a year or two. With the Chargers being this active in acquiring Rosen, they’re looking solely at the future for when Rivers’ time is up; his contract expires in 2020."
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