Josh Rosen Rumors: QB Has No Indication If Cardinals Plan to Draft Kyler Murray

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 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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The Arizona Cardinals have reportedly not informed quarterback Josh Rosen of what they plan to do with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft on Thursday night.

According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, the Cards have given Rosen "no indication" whether they intend to take Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the top selection or not.

Arizona has been heavily linked to Murray throughout the draft process, and taking him first overall would potentially make Rosen a hot commodity on the trade market.

Throughout the predraft process, Arizona has met with Murray on multiple occasions. If the Cardinals were 100 percent committed to Rosen after taking him 10th overall last year, that likely would not be the case.

It is also clear that new Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury has an affinity for Murray. He made efforts to recruit him when he was the head coach at Texas Tech and said in October that he would select Murray with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft if given the opportunity:

Rosen has mostly kept quiet regarding the elephant in the room, but he did finally speak out last week, but he discussed the Murray chatter in an interview with SITV (h/t ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss) that was released April 18:

"I think the season probably went as poorly as it could possibly go. But within that, I had an unbelievable time. I think when people talk about, like, you can't listen to criticism or you can't read articles, you have to be aware of what's going on to a certain extent. So I definitely understand the situation.

"It's annoying, but it is what it is. Football's a business, and I definitely respect the higher-ups and their decisions. We won three games, and each one of those wins—to me, it felt like we won the Super Bowl. And that feeling is so intoxicating, and that's why I just want nothing more than to be part of a team next year and have the same opportunities to go out and compete."

After Arizona took Rosen 10th overall out of UCLA last year, he began the 2018 season as the backup to Sam Bradford. It wasn't long before Rosen supplanted him, however, and he went on to make 13 starts.

Rosen went 3-10 as the starter, and in 14 appearances overall, he completed 55.2 percent of his passes for 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

Despite his struggles as a rookie, Rosen could be highly sought after by quarterback-needy teams if the Cardinals select Murray and make Rosen available.

The New York Giants, Denver Broncos, Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins, Los Angeles Chargers and New England Patriots are among the teams worth watching in potential Rosen sweepstakes.

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