Josh Rosen has found another new home in the NFL. The former first-round quarterback has been signed to the Vikings’ practice squad, the team announced on Tuesday.
This deal makes Minnesota the seventh franchise which Rosen has been a member of in his relatively brief NFL career. The 10th overall pick in 2018, his time in Arizona only lasted one season. That campaign saw him put up underwhelming numbers (55.2% completion percentage, 11:14 touchdown-to-interception ratio) as the Cardinals finished at the bottom of the NFL.
That gave them the opportunity to draft Kyler Murray as his replacement, resulting in a trade sending Rosen to Miami. That one-year stint only saw him make six appearances (including three starts), however, and the selection of Tua Tagovailoa once again ended Rosen’s long-term prospects of seeing consistent time as a starter without another move. The 2019 campaign was followed by brief tenures spent with the Buccaneers, 49ers and Falcons as he bounced around to various depth roles.
This past summer, the UCLA product joined the Browns while they rebuilt their QB room. Signed to provide depth behind bridge starter Jacoby Brissett while Deshaun Watson served his suspension, Rosen was identified as a passer the team wished to keep in the fold. That was evidenced by their decision to sign him to their taxi squad immediately following roster cutdowns. The move also came after the Browns claimed Kellen Mond off waivers from the Vikings.
In his absence – and, more recently, that of David Blough, who signed with the Cardinals’ 53-man roster last week – Minnesota has been in need of a signal-caller on their practice squad. Rosen will fill that vacancy for them down the stretch, serving as an emergency option should starter Kirk Cousins or backup Nick Mullens miss time. The deal will also give Rosen his latest opportunity to audition for a training camp spot in Minnesota or elsewhere during the offseason.