Second-year Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen faces an uncertain future as rumors continue to swirl that the team will take 2018 Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick in the first round of the NFL draft April 25, but he isn't going to waste any time worrying about things beyond his control.
While acknowledging the rumors are "annoying," the 2018 first-round pick told SI TV that he understands the nature of the business:
"You have to be aware of what's going on to a certain extent," Rosen told SI TV. "So, like, I definitely understand the situation. I mean, it's annoying, but it is what it is. Football is a business. I definitely respect the higher-ups and their decisions."
This comes less than 12 months after Arizona sent last year's first-, third- and fifth-round picks to the Oakland Raiders in order to move up to 10th overall to snag Rosen. It was a tough 2018 campaign for Rosen and the Cardinals, though.
Veteran Sam Bradford opened the season as the starting quarterback after signing a one-year deal in free agency. However, Rosen was given the nod less than a month into the season.
Rosen completed just 55.2 percent of his passes for 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. The Cardinals' offensive line gave up 52 sacks on the year, tied for the fifth-most in football.
Arizona finished with the worst record in the league at 3-13, going 3-10 in Rosen's 13 starts. That disappointing performance led to the team not only securing the top overall pick, but it cost coach Steve Wilks his job after just one year on the sidelines.
In Wilks' place, the Cardinals hired former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury. That hiring created plenty of buzz about the possibility of Murray winding up in the desert, given Kingsbury's previous declaration that he would "take [Murray] with the first pick of the draft" if he could:
The 22-year-old Rosen told SI TV that he is focused on realizing his potential for any team that gives him an opportunity:
"We won three games, and each one of those wins, to me, it felt like we won the Super Bowl. And, like, that feeling is so intoxicating, and that's why I just want nothing more than to a part of a team next year and have the same opportunities to go out and compete.
"I think the best advice I have ever gotten in life, from so many different people, is control what you can control. Whatever decisions are made, it's my duty to prove them right if they keep me and prove them wrong if they ship me off."
Rosen's future should become more clear when the Cardinals make their selection April 25. If Murray is the pick, the team will likely seek to find a trade partner for Rosen.