NFL Rumors: Latest Buzz on Possible Josh Rosen Trade, Brandon Marshall and More

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistMarch 28, 2019

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen drops back to pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. might have new homes, the biggest free agents, for the most part, have put ink on new deals and pro days around the country continue to unfold ahead of the draft.

Yet none of this is enough to slow the rumor mill.

This is the time of year when teams often make some of the most effective signings of all, grabbing the undervalued players for less than if they had signed them at the start of free agency. The draft process is only ramping up too.

In any case, now is a good time to catch up on the most notable nuggets from the mill.


Brandon Marshall Staying in AFC West

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Linebacker Brandon Marshall could end up being one of those undervalued signings.

Marshall, after all, is a former fifth-round pick who is still only 29 and has habitually outperformed expectations. He's played in double-digit games for the Denver Broncos in every season dating back to 2014 and totaled triple-digit tackles three times.

Given the quality of free agency at the top and the defensive-minded nature of the draft class, it was always going to take some time before Marshall found a market.

The Oakland Raiders have finally provided it, according to Mike Klis of 9News:

Mike Klis @MikeKlis

ILB Brandon Marshall is visiting with Raiders tomorrow, per source. #9sports

If he's healthy (he only played in 11 games last year), Marshall still has plenty to offer, and the Raiders need the help. They added Vontaze Burfict, presumably to play the middle, so Marshall would still slot in as an off-ball player and likely start.

Given the quiet market for Marshall, he might choose to drag his feet to see whether anything else develops. But for now, it sounds like sticking in the AFC West might be the way to go.


N'Keal Harry's List of Suitors

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It's about to be busy season for Arizona State wideout N'Keal Harry.

Harry was already in the WR1 conversation of this year's NFL draft after a solid combine, measuring at 6'2" and 228 pounds, running a 4.53 40-yard dash and generally looking like the big threat he's advertised as. This came after a college career in which he caught eight or more touchdowns and went for 1,000-plus yards in each of his past two seasons.

Naturally, reports make it sound like Harry has a big list of visits lined up:

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Arizona St. WR N’Keal Harry, who impressed during his Pro Day today in front of all 32 teams, is scheduled to meet with the Cardinals, Broncos, Detroit, Buffalo and Saints, per source.

The list of teams isn't exactly surprising, both in terms of team need and where they pick. The Buffalo Bills, for example, are on a mission to surround Josh Allen with as much talent as possible.

A team on the other end of the spectrum, the New Orleans Saints, might expect more from Harry right out of the gate as they look to squeeze as much as possible out of Drew Brees' final seasons.

No matter where he ends up, all the interest here shows Harry has done well for himself during the draft process.


Josh Rosen Trade Drama 

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The Josh Rosen saga isn't going to end until the Arizona Cardinals get through the 2019 draft.

The Cardinals might be putting out one of the best smokescreens of all time with perceived interest in Oklahoma's Kyler Murray. That, or the front office and coach Kliff Kingsbury are all-in on the idea of already giving up on Rosen.

Either way, the situation has other teams sniffing around about Rosen. Three teams have done so, according to Fox Sports' Joel Klatt on Undisputed:

UNDISPUTED @undisputed

"There are 3 teams that I have heard and I know are very interested in Josh Rosen: New England, the New York Giants, and the LA Chargers. One of those have already offered a 2nd-round pick. ... Arizona is waiting for a 1st — I don't think they'll get it." — @joelklatt https://t.co/nVC17lGsyJ

None of these come as a surprise. The New York Giants have followed an odd strategy this year, but conventional wisdom suggests they should have an interest in a former first-round pick to take over for Eli Manning.

The Los Angeles Chargers and New England Patriots are even more interesting. The Chargers are contenders and have to keep an eye on the future as well. Rosen is a West Coast guy and surely well known on top of all the other positives.

As for the Patriots, it should alert the rest of the NFL about Rosen if Bill Belichick has an interest. And that's only half-joking. The Patriots also have to start seeking out a long-term replacement for the 41-year-old Tom Brady.

The catch with Rosen is he's a top-10 talent who looked bad a year ago while in one of the worst possible situations for a rookie passer. The staff, which lost its job after one year, struggled to use former MVP candidate David Johnson properly, as well as guys like Larry Fitzgerald.

While the report of the "who" when it comes to interested parties isn't any surprise, the fact that it's popping up again makes it worth watching closely as the draft inches closer.