Cardinals To Trade Josh Rosen To Dolphins

Josh Rosen is headed out of Arizona after one season. The Dolphins will be the team that pulls the trigger on the former top-10 pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports (on Twitter).

It turns out, the Dolphins’ recent trade-down maneuver proved key. The Dolphins will trade their recently acquired No. 62 overall pick to the Cardinals, Schefter added. The teams had discussed the former UCLA quarterback most of the day, with the Cardinals having initially asked for the Dolphins’ first-round pick. Miami then balked at its No. 48 overall choice, but now the teams have agreed. And Rosen and Kyler Murray will not be teammates.

With the pick, the Cardinals selected wideout Andy Isabella out of UMass. The Cardinals will also receive a 2020 fifth-round pick, Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets.

While Rosen’s stock has taken a massive hit after a rough rookie season — when he rated across the board as Football Outsiders’ worst full-time quarterback, albeit in a bad situation — the Dolphins landing a 2018 No. 10 overall pick for the 2019 62nd selection could be immense value. As far as traditional stats go, the 6-foot-4 passer finished with 2,278 yards in 13 games, throwing 11 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions as a 21-year-old rookie.

Kliff Kingsbury said multiple times this offseason Rosen was his quarterback, and the 2018 Cards’ starter reported for the team’s offseason workouts. But the long-rumored Murray pick happened, making the Cardinals the first team since the 1982-83 Baltimore Colts to select first-round quarterbacks in back-to-back years. A day later, Rosen is bound for south Florida.

Rosen, though, is going to a roster that may be worse off than his most recent one. The Dolphins have made no secret of the fact they are rebuilding, and many veterans that were part of the 2018 Miami outfit are no longer there. Contract-wise, this also represents value. Rosen is owed less than $7MM through 2021.

The Dolphins signed Ryan Fitzpatrick, and it is possible the veteran remains their Week 1 starter. Rosen could be allowed to further develop behind Fitzpatrick, but it is fairly safe to assume the formerly coveted prospect will see extensive time this season.

The Redskins and Giants represented the other main players for Rosen, but both NFC East teams took quarterbacks on Thursday night. Miami did not, drafting defensive lineman Christian Wilkins instead. The Broncos traded up in front of the Dolphins on Thursday, grabbing Drew Lock. That may have been the final impetus for the Fins to offer a second-round pick for their possible long-term quarterback solution.

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    • kevin

      was smart as they have a 2nd rd pck next yr from moving .down and then get Rosen so essentially they still have a 2nd.rdpick and other picks the trade produced so to me dolphins didn’t give up much

  1. TheTruth12

    Gonna be hilarious when they take a QB early next year and they have the near impossible job of trading Rosen. I love it!

    • They still would have two seconds and their firsts next year, who cares? It works out, you have a franchise QB, if not, you have two more picks next year, one being high.

    • Sports

      They won’t need to trade Rosen. He has a cheap salary and the cardinals picked up his bonus. Big win

  2. Bryzzo2016

    Love this for the Dolphins. Traded down THEN made this move. If Rosen is even a top 20 QB, the value is immense. His bonuses were already paid, only gonna cost MIA about 6 mil. Wow. Well done Fins!

    • sherrickc

      Yea…that would invariably place Steve Keim at Circle K as a sales executive for the short to mid term until he can land a position spreading pixie dust on the tilted whirl at the county fair…meantime go have a drink tonight Steve!

    • Polish Hammer

      And I wouldn’t doubt it. Murray is a great athlete, did well in his brief college career, but was a reach at #1 overall IMO. And dumping Rosen so quickly for him? Could you imagine if Aaron Rodgers was written off so quickly? Rosen will be a better pro than the QB the Giants took at 6th, they should’ve swung a deal for Rosen and used that pick on an impact player with immediate help.

  3. To think that the Giants drafted Jones at #6 when they could have had Rosen for basically a third round pick. Gettleman is horrendous.

  4. compassrose

    It shows how bad off a GM Keim is. Why wait until a few minutes before the draft to start trade talks in earnest? You have taken away all his value as teams begin to see the board clear and you just drafted a QB and painted yourself in a corner to have to trade him. I bet the Dolphins draft a QB early next year and like the truth said it will be hard to trade him but they didn’t give up much for him and they can dump him for a bag of by Brady’s 0 deflated

    • compassrose

      Hit button on accident.

      Brady’s deflated balls because I think NE gets him for a 4th or 5th. It seems like a Belichek move. The Brady thing was a joke so don’t get upset NE fans.

  5. crosseyedlemon

    Neither organization has a plan and just wing it as they go along. It’s like watching a couple of drunks searching for their car keys under a street light because that’s the only place where they can see anything.

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