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Josh Rosen Trade Rumors: Cardinals Haven't Had Talks with Interested Teams

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 5, 2019

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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The Arizona Cardinals reportedly have not engaged in trade discussions regarding quarterback Josh Rosen.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Cards have not shown a willingness to trade the second-year quarterback, who Arizona selected with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

A great deal of trade speculation has surrounded Rosen in recent weeks since the Cardinals have been heavily linked to Murray with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft and also met with the former Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner.

Assuming the Cardinals do take Murray first overall, there are several teams that could be interested in a trade for Rosen.

Joel Klatt of Fox Sports appeared on FS1's Undisputed last month and said the New York Giants, New England Patriots and Los Angeles Chargers all have interest in Rosen:

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

Those teams would make sense as a potential destination for Rosen since they all have veteran quarterbacks in Eli Manning, Tom Brady and Philip Rivers, respectively. Manning seems closer to the end of the line than the others based on his play, which means New York would potentially give Rosen the best chance to earn a starting job quickly.

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He would possibly be forced to wait for a while in New England or L.A., but both teams present good situations that could set him up for success.

On Thursday, NFL reporter Benjamin Allbright reported that the Washington Redskins appear to be the leader in the Rosen sweepstakes should the Cardinals decide to trade him.

Washington's top two options at quarterbacks are veterans Case Keenum and Colt McCoy, with Alex Smith injured and possibly set to miss the entire 2019 season.

Another option for Arizona, as reported by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, would be for the Cards to draft Murray and keep Rosen on the roster as well:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

From Up to the Minute Live: The #AZCardinals don't view next week as any sort of deadline to trade Josh Rosen (if they even decide to do so) and they could keep 2 QBs for a while if they end up drafting Kyler Murray. https://t.co/Xmh8Id23im

The jury is still out on Rosen's ability to be a franchise quarterback. As a rookie last season, the former UCLA standout appeared in 14 games and went 3-10 in 13 starts. He also completed 55.2 percent of his passes for 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions for a Cardinals team that was the worst in the NFL.

Schefter's report suggests that the Cardinals aren't yet ready to give up on Rosen, but if they do draft Murray, it is difficult to envision them hanging on to both quarterbacks given the value they could get back in a trade for Rosen.

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