Report: Arizona Cardinals are not shopping Josh Rosen
By Avery Duncan
The Arizona Cardinals aren’t giving up on Josh Rosen as quickly as people wanted them to.
With all the hoopla surrounding Kyler Murray, Kliff Kingsbury, and Josh Rosen you’d think the Arizona Cardinals would be ready to ship off their 2018 first-round pick to draft Kyler Murray by now. But, that’s not quite the case, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports, as the Cardinals are not currently shopping Rosen. He said via Twitter;
"Multiple teams inquired about Josh Rosen’s availability at the combine last week, though Arizona did not give those teams any indication that it is willing to move on from Josh Rosen at this time, according to two league sources who spoke to the Cardinals. This doesn’t mean that Arizona won’t wind up shopping Josh Rosen eventually; but it hasn’t to date, as the Cardinals have not responded to the overtures that they’ve received from other teams while they’re going through the draft evaluation process."
However, as Schefter says, this doesn’t mean that the Arizona Cardinals will not shop Rosen in the future. And if they were to do so, you could bet that his value would be fairly high considering the league-wide need for talented shot-callers such as Rosen.
For Cardinals fans, the lack of interest to trade Rosen isn’t surprising. Although he put up poor numbers in 2018, he was in a less-than-ideal situation in the desert. Not only did he play behind a stagnant Mike McCoy offense, but the team switched coordinators halfway through the year to Byron Leftwich, who had never been in that position.
The line Rosen played behind was depleted, and so was his receiving core. But, he did show flashes of being a franchise quarterback. Steve Keim would be foolish to give up on Rosen so quickly just because of the poor situation he built around him.
My best bet, Adam Schefter is right and Rosen is the starting quarterback to start the 2019 season, no matter how intriguing Kyler Murray is.