Does Washington want Josh Rosen?

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Washington needs a quarterback, but Washington won’t be able to sink a lot of money into a quarterback, given the money committed to Alex Smith. With Smith likely to miss 2019 (and possibly never play again) after suffering a badly broken leg last season, Washington’s options are limited.

One option would be to trade for Josh Rosen, if the Cardinals indeed plan to take Kyler Murray with the first pick in the draft. Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com reports that multiple sources have indicated that Washington is talking openly about trading for Rosen, if Arizona decides to make the move.

Washington holds the 15th pick in the 2019 draft; Arizona acquired Rosen with pick No. 10 a year ago. Arizona paid Rosen a signing bonus of $10.878 million and a 2018 base salary of $480,000, leaving only $6.239 million to be paid out over the next three years. Come 2022, Rosen’s fifth-year option would become the quarterback transition-tag number for 2021, since he was a top-10 pick. By 2021, however, Smith’s $31 million in remaining injury guarantees will have exited the books.

It’s unclear whether the Cardinals would take the 15th overall pick for Rosen, or whether they would want more — especially since they’d be handing to a new team a very affordable quarterback contract, with an average of $2.079 million per year through 2021.

38 responses to “Does Washington want Josh Rosen?

  1. A kind-of-cheap, bad quarterback. Yeah, sounds like a GREAT idea for the Skinnies……

  2. Cards should trade Rosen for any first round pick, for as of now, here’s damaged goods for Arizona, but not for someone else.

  3. Makes no sense. Trade Rosen and pay 8 million in dead cap so the Redskins get a bargain? Keep Murray and Rosen and teach both the air raid. If Murray gets hurt they have Rosen. They shore up their QB room with both players playing on rookie contracts.

  4. The Cards would be WAY better off trading that #1 pick instead for 2-3 lower picks, so they can draft some O-linemen. Rosen is okay, but he got hammered last year because the line was terrible.

  5. It would be priceless to see the look on rosens face if this were to happen and he gets beat out by Colt McCoy……

  6. Where Rosen was drafted is irrelevant.
    He has a year of NFL performance for teams to evaluate.

    Does he look like a good prospect at this point? Or does he look like more like a not so good QB.

    If the Cards think he’s not so good, and can get the #15th pick then do so.

    Look at it this way: You pay $100 for something now worth $50. Someone is offering you $75 for it. Take it!

  7. Rosen needs to prove he can stay healthy first. Give him another year with the Cardinals.

  8. Why would Kingsbury worry about 4 years down the line? He may be fired after 1 year like the last guy.

    The Rosen haters sound like Goff haters after year 1.

  9. Dont know if hes gonna be good or not once they get better but I hope they do trade him so my niners can get bosa…

  10. If the Redskins give more than a second round pick for Rosen, they are nuts. The fact that the Cardinals would even consider moving him tells you they aren’t sold on him. Why pay a premium for someone a worse team wants to move on from?

  11. sigbouncer says:
    Mike Mayock said “Josh Rosen is the best pure passer I’ve seen in several years. He’s accurate short, intermediate and deep”.
    ==

    So?
    Mike Mayock also said Russell Wilson was not among his top five QBs coming out in 2012.
    Some of the top QBs on Mayock’s board in their respective years were Blake Bortles, Blaine Gabbert and Mark Sanchez. In 2014, on “Path to the Draft, he said: “If I’m a GM in the top 10 and I had to take a quarterback today, it would be Johnny Manziel.”
    It’s one thing to study players, as Mayock or Mel Kiper do in order to sell their “expertise” and blather on endlessly during the draft. It’s quite another to stake your job on those evaluations, which Mayock will now do.
    You Raiders fans had better hope the above examples are not representative of his overall QB evaluation skills.

  12. Why is everyone looking at his trade value like it’s just after last year’s draft and not after he’s already played a season of terrible football?

    If he thought Arizona had a bad line and receiving corps, just wait until he gets to Washington.

    He’ll go for a third rounder.

  13. dregonspengler says:
    March 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    sigbouncer says:
    Mike Mayock said “Josh Rosen is the best pure passer I’ve seen in several years. He’s accurate short, intermediate and deep”.
    ==

    So?

    ——————-

    So Washington is very likely not the only team who is interested in Rosen.

  14. Yes, Washington, PLEASE continue your tradition of unequivocally ridiculous FA acquisitions, and trade for Rosen. Make it happen Danny Boy – you will keep your streak of ineptitude very much alive and well!

    Signed,

    The other 3 NFC East teams.

  15. The Cardinals pick ahead of the Redskins. The moment the Cardinals draft a QB, they have no leverage in a trade. Why would anyone expect the pick to be a 1st rounder? Spending a first rounder the second time in a row inspires no confidence in the player so why would a team pay that instead of using that pick on a player they probably have rated higher anyway?

  16. If the Cardinals pull this off and get Murray, I will shut my mouth. Huge turnaround of a franchise. Also, I still believe Rosen has the goods. But, why not blow it all up and build it up in one fell swoop?

  17. The only thing Arizona should have said was that they were not trading Rosen. But they didn’t and now they have to trade him because their equivocation has revealed their hand. Giants should make a deal.

  18. I would have a hard time ‘not’ trading Rosen to Washington for another number 1 pick in this years draft. The Cards draft Murray and still have the 15th pick. That sounds like a winner. Then I would trade Glennon to Denver for Keenan.

    Glennon has the same QB skills as Flacco, and Keenan the same skills as Murray. Neither Arizona or Denver would have to change offenses if there starter gets hurt. That’s also a win.

  19. So, the Cards will have spent about $40m on quarterbacks last season who got them two wins and the chance to draft first overall, and pay an unproven rookie another $25m or so to try again. Mike Bidwell must just be over the moon with the work of Steve Keim.

  20. If the Redskins think can get, what they feel is the QB of the future for a chump change salary for 4 years. They should do it. Alex Smith may never come back and if he does return. He may never be the same. As long as it only for 1 pick. Seems like a fair trade.

  21. Sounds like Arizona doesn’t want him and have become enamored with Murray. Rosen should flat out ask them and then see if they would move him to Washington. On the flip side, if I’m the Skins, I’m not offering the 15 for a guy that AZ wants to move. They could do better packaging that with others to move up or for a future draft.

  22. It all sounds like draft hype to me. Make everyone think your going to take either Bosa or Murray at number 1 so people who can’t live without those players mortgage their futures to get that pick. Smart move Kiem. Don’t really like the cardinals but think Rosen will be pretty good if he has talent around him. He won’t be able to put a team on his back and take them to a Super Bowl, but he’s a nice player.

  23. Agree with RobdromAmarillo! If the Cards were sold on Rosen they would have squashed this talk weeks ago and publicly stated: Josh Rosen is our franchise QB … Period. No further comment on QB needed. But, that s not what transpired! Rosen’s confidence has been compromised by his own team’s lack of definitive stated commitment. Trade him, grab your QB and take what you can get . How about Rosen to Miami?

  24. Fans have zero patience nowadays. Rarely is a rookie QB good, especially when they play on an awful team with no offensive line. The people that are calling Rosen “terrible” would have been writing Troy Aikman, Peyton Manning, Alex Smith, Ben Roethlisberger, and Kurt Warner off by now. QB takes time and you need an offensive line. We have no idea how good Rosen will be right now.

  25. losalmon says:
    March 2, 2019 at 9:27 pm
    The Cardinals pick ahead of the Redskins. The moment the Cardinals draft a QB, they have no leverage in a trade. Why would anyone expect the pick to be a 1st rounder? Spending a first rounder the second time in a row inspires no confidence in the player so why would a team pay that instead of using that pick on a player they probably have rated higher anyway?
    ***************************************************************************************

    You do realize they can trade Rosen prior to the draft, right???

    Assuming the Jags sign Foles as reported, that still leaves the Giants, Broncos, Dolphins, Redskins, and Patriots as possible destinations for Rosen. The Patriots have 6 picks in the top 101 of the draft, and they may want to groom Brady’s replacement for a few years on a cheap salary.

    Rosen is very likely considered a superior prospect over Lock and Jones, and fairly similar to Haskins (per Daniel Jeremiah this weekend — both throw well, have trouble when moved off their spot). Judging Rosen based on his rookie season alone… with a terrible O-line, and no WR capable of stretching a defense as well… is really not wise.

    If the Cards plan to take Murray, the Redskins or Dolphins would know they likely have zero chance to get Haskins at #13 or #15, assuming the Giants would take him at #6. Then they have to wonder if the Broncos might take Lock at #10. That would leave only Daniel Jones left for the Dolphins or Redskins.

    And that uncertainty would create…. leverage.

    Those teams both have to decide… gamble that the QB they like slides… or make the trade BEFORE the draft. Maybe even before free agency begins so they can set their budget for free agency.

  26. you’re not giving them a 1 for Rosen. Too many QB’s will be on the board at #15 to trade it for a guy no one really likes now. The Cardinal reached last year at 10. That was a mistake. No one is going to bail them out. A 2 might be worth it but not a top half 1..

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