Why would they make the trade? The Dolphins’ quarterback depth chart looks something like this; Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jake Rudock, and Luke Falk. That’s it. Outside of Fitzpatrick, the group has only thrown five times in the NFL. That’s not a number you want to see.
If he finds himself in South Beach, Rosen would likely be a day-one starter for the Dolphins. Although Fitzpatrick is an experienced quarterback, his inconsistent game ranging from Fitzmagic to Fitztragic will give newly named head coach Brian Flores headaches. Their 13th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft sits in the dreaded middle-zone, as the Dolphins may even see Duke’s Daniel Jones gone by then.
Why wouldn’t they make the trade? The Dolphins gave Flores a long contract and brought in Fitzpatrick for a reason. That reason? To tank for a 2020 quarterback such as Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, or Jake Fromm or possibly tank for a 2021 quarterback, specifically Trevor Lawrence.
Bringing in Rosen may make the Dolphins competitive, which doesn’t seem to be what the team is inclined to do, yet.
What are their trade assets looking like? In the first four rounds of the ’19 draft, the Dolphins hold the 13th, 48th, 79th, and 117th picks. Due to their potential tanking nature, all players outside of a few may be available in a trade. Players to watch include Xavien Howard, Kenny Stills, and Kiko Alonso.