If Josh Rosen is drafted by the Browns, what will he do?

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Let’s assume, for now, that former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen doesn’t want to play for the Browns. Let’s also assume, for now, that the comments from former UCLA coach Jim Mora about Rosen are aimed at persuading the Browns not to draft Rosen — even if those remarks could scare away other teams, too.

If Rosen truly hopes to not play for the Browns, and if the Browns fail to get or heed the message, what happens next?

Rosen could try to get the Browns to trade him to another team, in the same way that Eli Manning got the Chargers to draft him and quickly trade him to the Giants in 2004. If the Browns refuse, Rosen could sit out the year and re-enter the draft in 2019.

If the report from November is accurate that Rosen was considering returning to school for another year in lieu of potentially being drafted by the Browns, the logical alternative if picked by the Browns becomes telling them “no thanks” and entering the draft pool again next year. It’s actually a better approach; if Rosen had chosen to remain in school, he still could have been drafted by the Browns in 2019. If the Browns draft Rosen and he stiffs them this year, the Browns wouldn’t draft him again next year.

“I’d rather be a lower pick at the right team than a higher [pick] at the wrong team,” Rosen said in December. Surely, Rosen would also rather wait a year to have a better chance at getting to the right team. Or, at a minimum, to avoid the wrong team.

Whether it’s because he’s a “millennial” or for some other reason, Rosen thinks what he wants and says what he thinks. While he may be wisely keeping his desire to avoid the Browns close to the vest for now, it’s hard to imagine Rosen willingly accepting a career path with which he doesn’t agree.

Incoming NFL players routinely set aside what they want because they accept that, at least at the outset of their careers, they believe they can’t get it. Rosen possibly believes he can. If he does, he shouldn’t be afraid to try.

47 responses to “If Josh Rosen is drafted by the Browns, what will he do?

  1. What’s wrong with him not wanting to go to the Browns? Come on, everyone knows how bad they are.

  2. Rosen doesn’t strike me as a bust but he also doesn’t strike me as a long term franchise QB. I think he will be another Ryan Tannenhill. Good enough to start but not good enough to win and also injury prone.

  3. If he didn’t want to be drafted by the Browns then he wouldn’t have declared for the NFL draft when the Browns have 2 of the top 4 of the draft. And if any of this conjecture was true, rather than just rehashing third-hand information that is almost six months old, Rosen seems to be the type to just flat out say he doesn’t want to be drafted by the Browns.

    Since he has not it’s pretty safe to assume he’d be perfectly fine with being the first overall pick in the draft.

  4. So are we just going to call every generation Millennials now? Do does anyone realize that generation is like 35 now?

  5. So then what does he do for a year cfl? Sit out a year entirely? If he plays anywhere but the NFL he risks injury while being paid much much less than in the NFL and if he sits out entirely he loses a year of earning delaying free agency or his 2nd contract and playing wise there will be rust by the time he would be drafted the following season and he also wouldn’t have improved since he will be a year away from NFL coaching.

  6. Too bad, so sad. Suck it up and deal with it. Maybe if he plays well the team won’t be so bad. I’m tired of all this “oh what if the Browns take him.”

    If he, or any other player, can’t handle the draft, then go play baseball. Sorry, it’s the way the game works. Grow up, get over it, and act like a professional.

  7. Cleveland, go out and get Darnold or Allen…let this idiot get drafted by one of the NY teams. In a few years, he’ll be out of the league after having his fragile “feels” hit by fans in the Big Apple.

  8. I think the NFL should negotiate with the NFLPA. If a team drafts you and you sit out a season, the team should still have rights to you. Otherwise whats to prevent players from saying “I don’t want to play for X,Y, and Z”. How do teams improve if they can’t get a good QB.

    I can see wanting to avoid the Browns given how they function, but what if a QB says I don’t want to play for

  9. Regardless of his talent and possibilities, if he follows your advice and returns to school, sustaining a career ending injury, does he sue you?

  10. Browns really seem like a team on the come. They excised a number of cancers this off-season, they have some good young talent, a new GM, a bunch of draft capital, and a new head coach on the horizon. Hardly seems like it would be worth pulling a Manning in this case.

  11. I hate when players say they don’t want to be drafted by a certain team. Who the bleep do you think you are? Also if you are confident in your abilities you should want to QB the worst team in the league and turn the franchise around.

  12. Players should be obligated to come into the league for the team that drafts the player. Refusal to do so should ban the player from the league until which time the player agrees to play for the team who drafts the player.

    Elway and Eli were both wrong and the league should not have allowed it.

  13. What people are missing is that these are not the same Browns. The Chiefs were 2-14 before Dorsey was named GM. He took them to the playoffs 3 of 4 seasons and had a 43-21 record there. He built a good squad. And he and Wolf and Highsmith have all been part of a winning organization in GB. If Hue Jackson can’t get the job done, they’ll find someone who can.

  14. Elway and Eli pulled the same stunt, won SBs and everything turned out hunky-dory for them. . . .

  15. BuckyBadger says:

    So are we just going to call every generation Millennials now? Do does anyone realize that generation is like 35 now?
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    That generation is currently 22-37 years old.

  16. Whether it’s because he’s a “millennial” or for some other reason, Rosen thinks what he wants and says what he thinks.

    I’m Gen X and that’s a very unfair characterization of millennials. When Elway and Eli refused to go to the team that wanted to draft them, no one blamed their generation. Players have been outspoken for years. Today’s athletes just have a different platform from which to express themselves.

  17. I can’t blame him, but the way the browns are approaching this off season, they are really looking like a solid team. I don’t think they will be laughable much longer

  18. Rosen is an idiot and the Browns don’t want him anyway. The ironic thing is that the Browns will be better than either of the New York teams that he wants so badly to go to. Has he looked at the trades and free agents the Browns have signed so far? Does he realize that they have 9 draft picks (five inn the first two rounds)? What a jerk.

  19. I think it would be awesome if Rosen tried to sit out a year so we could watch it blow up in his face. This isn’t Bo Jackson we’re talking about here. I have a feeling teams don’t value him as highly as the mock draft industry.

  20. Well if it’s true that he doesn’t want to go to Cleveland then he can either be a man, suck it up, and do his job to the best of his ability or he could outright admit that he doesn’t want to be a Brown, demand a trade, and fully reveal himself as the premadonna-esque diva we’ve assumed he was since he started opening up his mouth to the media.

  21. I didn’t blame their generation, but I sure blamed Elway, still do. And, I am not a fan of any affected team. Also, I am of the Korean Conflict generation—we tried to emulate the Greatest Generation. Talk about going downhill!!

  22. With no consensus on the #1 QB in the draft it would be just like the Brownies to take the one guy who doesn’t want to play for them.

  23. Can’t blame him. Wayyyy too many commas and zeroes to bet it all on a floundering franchise like Cleveland (although I like what they’re doing this offseason).

  24. BuckyBadger says:
    April 2, 2018 at 11:08 am
    So are we just going to call every generation Millennials now? Do does anyone realize that generation is like 35 now?

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    It’s a sloppy way for people to complain about anyone younger than 40 years old. Lazy and tired in the same vein as calling someone a “snowflake.”

  25. As a player, it’s literally your job to be selfish. Only you and your agent (hopefully) have your best interest in mind, so yes, not wanting to go through a team that’s had like 27 QBs in 18 years is selfish, and it’s a good thing. Football is the only sport left that is stubbornly clinging to the mindset of being subservient and it’s time to let it go. Athletes need to know their value because it doesn’t matter if fans and other people don’t like it, the only person that they’ll see in the mirror is them.

  26. The Browns probably don’t want him anyway. The last thing they need is another concussion-prone QB. Rosen will be out of the league in three years. Then he can complain all he wants. Maybe he’s practicing for his future career as a politician who never does anything but complain.

  27. “I’d rather be a lower pick at the right team than a higher [pick] at the wrong team,”

    The problem with that logic is the teams picking in the top 5 are rarely a “right team”. Those teams almost always have extensive problems in their rosters beyond the QB.

  28. Once a player enters the draft, they are no longer eligible for NCAA, so he can’t return to school, no matter how much he considers it.

  29. I have no problem with any player doing anything in their power to get what they want in a league that heavily favors the owners. Especially the rookies who had no say in the horribly one sided CBA that they are forced into.

  30. I hope Buffalo stays away from this kid. If he were a true competitor he’d crave for the challenge that is the Browns. Besides, Cleveland has gone out and made an impact in free agency and is loaded with a bunch of high picks in this years draft. The Browns should be a much better team at this time next year, especially if they stay away from Rosen. Cleveland deserves players that want to bring them back to being competitive, not crybabies like this kid.

  31. Even if they do draft them, or whichever QB they draft, and they stick to the plan… they aren’t going to see the field this season anyway.

    The best the Browns can hope for is whichever QB they draft; they come up with some sort of “tendonitis” in their non-throwing arm and truly, TRULY don’t see the field in a regular season game this year (and have that year added on to their rookie contract) so that it’s a true “redshirt” situation.

    I’m still going to bang the drum for Saquon at #1 because I swear the Giants will snap him up at #2 if the Browns pass on him. Allen would be there at #4 (perhaps even as low as #11) if they decide to go Saquon #1 and Chubb or Fitzpatrick at #4. This gives you two starts THIS YEAR and then trade back up to get Allen at #11, because if everyone stands pat, Buffalo will take Allen at #12. Would the Dolphins take #33 and next year’s #1 to trade #11? Who knows but it will be a fun ride this year at the draft; AKA Cleveland’s Super Bowl

  32. Outside a hard core Cleveland born kid, who would WANT to play for the Browns? They haven’t done one thing to prove that they are anything but QB killers. The stigma of spurning a team in today’s NFL will run deep though and Rosen would get roasted especially hard considering how he’s viewed already. It’s lose/lose either way.

  33. Cleveland deserves players that want to bring them back to being competitive, not crybabies like this kid.
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    When has Rosen evet shown that he’s a “crybaby”? This is a made up story to fill a super slow news cycle. He never said he didn’t want to play for Cleveland, they extrapolated this narrative from him saying he’d give up money in the draft to land with the right team. That’s not a new sentiment expressed by draft picks, the rule is that you never signal out one team and Rosen hasn’t. He could be thinking, “God I hope I don’t go to the Bills where that wack job coach benched his starting QB even though they were in a playoff spot”.

  34. mark0226 says:
    April 2, 2018 at 12:43 pm
    Once a player enters the draft, they are no longer eligible for NCAA, so he can’t return to school, no matter how much he considers it.

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    Sure. Note he isn’t saying returning to UCLA’s football program. Of course, I’d argue this bluff only works if you can play MLB. Doing this would earn Rosen the “doesn’t care about football” label to go along with his other perceived baggage.

  35. When has Rosen evet shown that he’s a “crybaby”? This is a made up story to fill a super slow news cycle. He never said he didn’t want to play for Cleveland, they extrapolated this narrative from him saying he’d give up money in the draft to land with the right team. That’s not a new sentiment expressed by draft picks, the rule is that you never signal out one team and Rosen hasn’t. He could be thinking, “God I hope I don’t go to the Bills where that wack job coach benched his starting QB even though they were in a playoff spot”.

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    He might not be a crybaby but the problem is he talks too much, and ends up being the topic of conversation for what he says when he talks too much. Worse, his comments always seem to alienate people. There’s also the fact that at one point his college coach sat him down and explained this to him and it didn’t help.

  36. He might not be a crybaby but the problem is he talks too much, and ends up being the topic of conversation for what he says when he talks too much. Worse, his comments always seem to alienate people. There’s also the fact that at one point his college coach sat him down and explained this to him and it didn’t help

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    Why do players have to be quiet? Most of the reason people say “he talks too much” is because he is opinionated about non-football issues. Who are we to tell him to shut up? He’s going to get drafted in the top 5 so there are plenty of football professionals that don’t mind he has opinions, why should we?

  37. There are a bunch of perpetual 8-8 franchises or worse with fans that keep bashing the Browns. News flash: you’re teams are sitting on couches watching the play offs just like all of us fans are.

  38. If selected by browns, might as well suck it up aND take it as the brown’s will be number one again next year. However, stick with the plan –have former coach bad mouth me, have teammates spread false rumors, and if all else fails go laremy tunsik on them.

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