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.
Sunday sees Dolphins and Jaguars back in action
Two of the state NFL teams will be in action Sunday afternoon and both or trying to avoid 0- 2 for different reasons.
First, you have the Jaguars, who already resemble a “M.A.S.H. Unit” of injuries, as they head to Houston to play the Texans in an AFC South showdown. The excitement of the addition of free-agent quarterback Nick Foles lasted exactly part of one quarter last Sunday against the Chiefs. That’s when Foles suffered a broken clavicle and a report Sunday says he will not be back until at least week 11 with the injury:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 15, 2019
That means that backup quarterback Gardner Minshew, a rookie 6th round pick out of Washington State, will now lead the Jaguars at least in the short-term. Minshew was very effective last week completing a high percentage of passes and moving the offense. Jacksonville also made a trade earlier in the week for Steelers backup QB Joshua Dobbs, but it’s not expected he will be able to contribute today.
Besides the Foles injury, the Jaguars will be without their top pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue, who suffered a hamstring strain in the lost to KC. The team will also be without left tackle Cam Robinson for the second straight game, as he suffered an injured knee in practice prior to the opener. The team also has ruled out defensive back A.J. Bouye and receiver Marqise Lee with injuries prior to this game.
The good news is the Texans are on a short week having lost an emotional, heartbreaking last second game to the Saints Monday night. Quarterback Deshaun Watson was also banged up, including an injured back off his first-half touchdown run. Still, the Texans will test the Jaguars pass defense the same way the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes did last week.
Meanwhile, in South Florida, the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots travel to take on the spiraling downward Dolphins. Miami was embarrassed 59 – 10 by Baltimore last week. And, that defeat now apparently has numerous players on the current roster wanting to be somewhere else, just as the Dolphins have gotten rid of most of their high-priced veterans already.
Controversial wide receiver Antonio Brown will apparently be active for New England for this game. Brown is being accused of sexual assault in a civil complaint that the NFL is investigating. However, the league took no action on keeping Brown from playing today and he did travel with the team.
The Dolphins do have some consolation in that under previous coaching staffs, they have won six of the last seven meetings against New England at Hard Rock Stadium. However, Miami’s got to find some kind of offense with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the backfield of Kenyan Drake and Kallen Ballage, to have any chance against the Pats.
Report- NFL will allow Antonio Brown to play for Pats Sunday
Despite all the drama surrounding him, it does appear that new Patriots WR Antonio Brown will be allowed by the NFL to make his Pats debut Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium against the Dolphins. That is, if the Patriots intend to have active and playing.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported early Friday afternoon that the nine year veteran acquired by New England last weekend after his volatile off season in Oakland led to his release last Saturday, would not be put on the “Commissioner’s Exempt List,” as a form of paid suspension, while sexual assault allegations are investigated:
More on the NFL not placing Patriots’ WR Antonio Brown on the commissioner's exempt list at this point, making him eligible to play Sunday against the Dolphins:https://t.co/89089aQkaK
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 13, 2019
Schefter reiterated that while the NFL has launched an investigation into the charges against Brown, after a civil lawsuit was filed in South Florida earlier this week, there is no criminal proceeding, yet and they will take the process in steps.
The lawsuit alleges that Brown inappropriately touched, committed a lewd sex act and then eventually, raped a 28 year old personal trainer, identified as Brittney Taylor, a former college classmate of Brown’s at Central Michigan, in three separate incidences from 2017-18.
That revelation was something that the NFL, and the Patriots, as well, did not know about, when Brown was signed Monday after he was released by the Oakland Raiders. Taylor is scheduled to meet with the NFL next week to give her version of the events.
Brown has been at Patriots practice on Wednesday and Thursday wearing jersey number #1 (above) during the portion of the practice that was open to the media. His lawyer, Darren Heitner, has publicly disputed the civil suit charges and told the media that Brown and Taylor “had a consensual relationship” in the past.
On Friday, Pats coach Bill Belichick refused to confirm whether Brown would make his debut against Miami or not on Sunday. Giving the non-answer on Brown’s status to play, “We’ll do what’s best for the team.”
He further told the New England media that Brown has; “long way to go, obviously. Not familiar with our offense. The systems he’s been in have been quite different. He’s working hard to pick it up and we’re working hard to get it to him.”
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