New England Patriots
Why would they make the trade? Yes, the Patriots are the reigning Super Bowl champions, and yes, Tom Brady won NFL MVP in 2017, but the team has a legitimate need for a quarterback, even if the soon to be 42-year-old Brady can make it to 45. That need becomes even more pressing when you consider that the Pats current backup is 33-year-old Brian Hoyer.
With the Patriots holding the last pick in the first round, there isn’t likely an opportunity to take one of the top quarterbacks as Brady’s replacement. Cue Rosen, who can develop with one of the best coaching staffs in recent NFL history and take the reigns of the dynasty by the end of his rookie contract. His affordable price should also be intriguing to a team that continues to look to add to their roster.
Why wouldn’t they make the trade? Tom Brady is still around, and while it’s unrealistic that he could play until his 45th birthday, he’s showed little signs of slowing down. The Patriots also have multiple team needs that they could fix with their draft picks. Also, why not just draft another sixth round quarterback to become the next Tom Brady (I’m kidding, kind of).
What are their trade assets looking like? In the first four rounds of the ’19 draft, the Patriots hold the 32nd, 56th, 64th, 74th, 98th, 102nd, and 135th picks. Nothing gets out of Foxborough so it’s tough to tell who’s expendable, but the Cardinals could ask for a high-level player, possibly even Dont’a Hightower.