The first night of the NFL Draft has come and gone, and the plot has thickened, as it relates to apparently outgoing Cardinals QB Josh Rosen and him possibly ending up with the Dolphins.
First, to no one’s surprise, Arizona went ahead and took Oklahoma Heisman winning quarterback Kyler Murray with the first overall pick. That had been rumored throughout the entire draft process and the Cards pulled the trigger right away Thursday night.
What did surprise most media observers and fans alike is: that Arizona did not go ahead and deal Rosen, when they had to have had the chance, as round one unfolded.
This is especially, with the New York Giants taking quarterback Daniel Jones with the 6th pick and the Washington Redskins ending up taking Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State with the 15th pick. So, there clearly was QB interest.
And a team that was sandwiched in between those QB picks? The Miami Dolphins.
Yes the Fins went with defense, which is not surprising with a defensive-minded new head coach in Brian Flores, and grabbed Clemson defensive end Christian Wilkins. However, that obviously does not address the pressing need that Miami has at quarterback. And there’s no disputing that as of Friday morning still, the only real option they have is long time veteran, Ryan Fitzpatrick.
But, the “buzz” on Friday morning is that the Dolphins appear to be the front runner in trying to acquire Rosen, probably for a second or third-round pick or some combination of picks this year and maybe, next year.
One to team to watch as the #AZCardinals look to deal QB Josh Rosen: The #Dolphins. Nothing imminent, but they’ve been talking, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. Miami has been doing work on Rosen for weeks when it became clear he’d be available, but AZ won’t give him away.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 26, 2019
The move makes sense for Miami, because Rosen is much more affordable now with three years remaining on his original Arizona contract. And, Miami would also hold his fifth year option, as he’s a former number 1 pick.
Now, the Fins could obviously still take a strong look at Missouri QB Drew Lock, whom they done a ton of work on and who was not picked in the first round Thursday. And, likewise West Virginia QB Will Grier or Auburn’s Jarret Stidham are possible QB options in the second round and beyond. However, no one in South Florida will be excited by those two names.
Bigger for Miami (and anyone else), Rosen has NFL playing experience already under his belt from 2018, and was a top-10 pick a year ago and apparently available to the first one to make the best offer to Arizona.
Another update is that Rosen must know that his days (maybe hours) as a Cardinal are ending and his social media purge has started:
— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) April 26, 2019
So what will GM Chris Grier end up doing? That’s a great question.
We do know that Grier and the Dolphins did not take the risk and move up in the 2018 draft to have their shot at drafting Rosen. But now, they have a rare second opportunity, just one year later, to get their hands on him at a discounted price, if they want him.
It seems that both the Cardinals and the Dolphins need each other on a move like this. But, that doesn’t guarantee that it’s going to get made. Also, is there another team that also has a better offer for Arizona?
And, you must also consider that the Cardinals may have botched this whole situation. Remember that last year they signed both QBs Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon to huge free agent contracts, drafted Rosen, and now, turned around and took a fourth different guy with the first pick the following April.
Now, we are about to find out if Arizona was just being cautious and whether Miami can make a deal?
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