Give credit to the Dolphins GM Chris Grier, he squeezed Arizona for everything he possibly could and still ended up getting Arizona’s first round QB from 2018 Josh Rosen in a Friday night trade during the second round of the NFL Draft.
This past season, after having drafted Rosen with the 10th overall pick in the draft, Arizona suffered through a dismal season and ended up with the worst record in the NFL.
They then fired first year coach Steve Wilkes and hired former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury to come to update the Cardinals offensive attack. Arizona bought completely into Kingsbury’s desire and drafted Oklahoma Heisman winning quarterback Kyler Murray with the number one overall pick on Thursday night.
That long-awaited move open the door for Rosen to be traded. However, that did not happen on Thursday night as the first-round unfolded
And, as Friday wore on, it became apparent that the Dolphins were the primary suitor for the former UCLA star. Still, they did not make the trade before the second round began. It became obvious that part of Grier’s strategy was to make the Cardinals sweat, and he even traded down in the second round with the New Orleans Saints to the 62nd overall slot.
Once on the clock, Grier consummated the trade with Cardinals GM Steve Keim and while the Dolphins gave up their second round pick. Initially, the Cardinals announced that they had given Miami a fifth-round selection next year along with Rosen, however, that is reversed. Miami is giving the fifth rounder in 2020 to complete the deal.
Rosen wasted no time in updating his Instagram account Friday night:
Even though his record was 3-10 as a starter with only a 55% completion percentage and 11 touchdowns vs. 14 interceptions in his rookie year, there is serious upside and contractual benefit to Miami for the trade.
First, Rosen has started 13 games in the NFL and there’s something to be said for having that experience over this year’s draft class, which obviously has none. Secondly, Arizona paid the bulk of Rosen contract including most of the guaranteed money in year one of the deal. This means that rosin is extremely affordable for the next three years as a potential starting quarterback in Miami.
His deal averages out at 2.1 million per season through 2020 one and only 2.9 Million for the final year. Miami will also get the fifth year option on rosen’s rookie deal which is valued at $17.6 million for 2022.
The Dolphins were in a bind to go get a quarterback, as all they had was veteran backup Ryan Fitzpatrick, who they signed to a two-year deal in March.
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