Josh Rosen breaks silence, confirms his uncertain status

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When the Cardinals launched their offseason workouts last week, they didn’t make quarterback Josh Rosen available to the media. Rosen has since made himself available to one media outlet.

In an interview with SI TV, the would-be franchise quarterback addresses his uncertain status with the franchise.

The full video is trapped behind a paywall, but a clip from the interview includes some thoughts regarding the extent to which he has been left to wonder what will happen next, along with the rest of us.

“I definitely understand the situation,” Rosen said. “I mean, it’s annoying but, like, it is what it is. Football’s a business, and I definitely the higher-ups and their decisions. . . . Whatever decisions are made, it’s my duty to prove them right if they keep me, and prove them wrong if they ship me off.”

The fact that no one knows, including Rosen, whether he’ll be shipped off only one week before the draft serves only to bolster the possibility that the Cardinals will use the first overall pick on quarterback Kyler Murray. If the Cardinals end up not drafting Murray and keeping Rosen, the team will have plenty of work to do to undo the weeks during which Rosen’s status was undermined by the uncertainty.

If/when Rosen is shipped off, he’ll probably be more candid than he has been. And he probably won’t be as diplomatic.

37 responses to “Josh Rosen breaks silence, confirms his uncertain status

  1. QBs need confidence if they’re going to perform well. The Cardinals haven’t exactly worked overtime to instill confidence in young Mr. Rosen. Therefore, I expect the team to trade Rosen before the draft. And then Kingsbury will have to sink or swim with Murray. (I feel sorry for Murray if this happens. The expectations will be high and the team is going to suck. it’s a no-win scenario for everyone involved, with the possible exception of Rosen, who may find himself in a better situation if/when he gets traded.)

  2. Rosen is a first round pick with three more guaranteed years and will have earned millions of dollars.

    If he’s traded and does ok on a different team, they will pay him tens of millions.

    I don’t have nay sympathy for him.

  3. Sounds to me he knows he is fine. I don’t think Murray is the pick. I could be wrong but I don’t see a GM wasting 2 drafts on a QB. If he does he should be fired.

  4. He shouldn’t have opened his mouth, as his reputation for leadership and maturity are just terrible. Sure, he’s being truthful, but that’s not what the GMs want to hear.

  5. Or…they know they are keeping Rosen and they are purposefully making it seem like they could draft Murray to increase the trade value for a team that desperately wants Murray.

    Rosen may be in on it for all we know, which would help the team acquire more picks.

  6. I think ‘zona doesn’t know who it is going to pick in the first round. They have probably been thinking, “If they give us this much draft capital, we will trade” QB with no team doesn’t help. They have a ton of holes. So it really depends on who wants the #1 pick how badly. “My entire draft for Hershel Walker” so it is not like it has not been done before. And look how that turned out. 3 SB Championships (for the team that got the bonus draft)

  7. The one thing we all know for certain is that in the final two weeks before the draft, EVERYTHING we hear is smokescreen, one way or another. Those who know don’t say- and those who say don’t know.

  8. Two things can be simultaneously true: Josh Rosen can be a pro-bowl level quarterback, and so can Kyler Murray. Maybe the Cardinals just think that Murray will be better for them than Rosen. The argument that Rosen’s value is lower because the Cardinals are already moving on from him is bs from teams trying to get him for cheap.

    Similar to the Chargers with Drew Brees. They thought that Rivers was a better option for them and moved on. Both ended up being great QBs. It’s not a zero sum game where one has to suck for the other to be good. If they like Kyler, then take him and get what you can for Rosen from a desperate team.

  9. Right attitude to have control whats in your control and that’s working to make yourself the best player you can be.

  10. The Cardinals really have handled this about as poorly as they could’ve. Regardless of how they feel about Rosen all they’ve managed to do is destroy any leverage they had in trade talks.

  11. Arizona would be stupid to give up on Rosen and go with Murray. Then again, it’s the Cardinals. Murray isn’t a #1 pick.

    Let’s discuss!

  12. This is a strange situation. Rosen did have a horrible rookie season, but many quaterbacks have and have been successful. There could be issues in the locker room or with management regarding his attitude, one of the knocks on him before the was that he is very opinionated and outspoken at times. But it seems every day Rosen is 1 step closer to being out the door after 1 year in Arizona. Maybe Josh Rosen will turn it around wherever he goes. To think, I was upset when I thought the Bills drafted the wrong Josh last year, not so much now.

  13. I have to say, Rosen has surprised me with the degree to which he has maintained a professional demeanor throughout this process. My impression of him coming out of college was that he was somewhat quick to spout off his opinion on social media, etc. and that this would likely cause a team some serious headaches.

    That being said, he might be secretly welcoming a trade to a team that has some semblance of an offensive line and an offensive system that he can potentially succeed in.

    Look no further back than Jared Goff who everyone wrote off as a bust after his horrendous rookie year in an offense that was from 1993. He got into an offense built to make QBs look good and he has been a success since (though many would argue it’s the system – sound familiar?)

  14. chickensalad43 says:
    April 18, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Two things can be simultaneously true: Josh Rosen can be a pro-bowl level quarterback, and so can Kyler Murray. Maybe the Cardinals just think that Murray will be better for them than Rosen. The argument that Rosen’s value is lower because the Cardinals are already moving on from him is bs from teams trying to get him for cheap.

    Similar to the Chargers with Drew Brees. They thought that Rivers was a better option for them and moved on. Both ended up being great QBs. It’s not a zero sum game where one has to suck for the other to be good. If they like Kyler, then take him and get what you can for Rosen from a desperate team.

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    Rosen also has one less year on a rookie deal, and did not look the part as a rookie. Plus, everyone knows they’re shopping him–and realistically, if they draft Murray, they have to trade Rosen.

    All that being said, it doesn’t mean Rosen isn’t going to be a great NFL QB. It just means that the Cardinals don’t have a ton of leverage, unless multiple teams are bidding for Rosen.

  15. @chickensalad…the brees an Rivers situation is not even remotely close to this situation….brees was a free agent with an injury that many thought would change/if not end his career. There is a reason only two teams looked at brees when he was a Fa, miami an No. Rivers was drafted in the 1st round an sat for two years, the chargers decision was easy at that point an they also were a solid team unlike the cards…the cards were a terrible team last year an rosen got what 11/12 starts…they havent even drafted murray yet an really dont know what they have in rosen…situations completely different

  16. Arizona wants to hold some team hostage, and trade #1 pick. Get as much as they can, so they can fill other holes. They’re leaking like a sieve. Keim is about to get fired if he screws this up.

  17. I hope Arizona take Nick Bosa first overall. The Niners can possible move down by trading their pick to a team that is desperately looking for a franchise quarterback. Then they can still pick the best athlete available and get some extra picks. It is unlike that another team will try to move up and pick someone who is NOT a quarterback.

  18. chickensalad43 says:
    April 18, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Two things can be simultaneously true: Josh Rosen can be a pro-bowl level quarterback, and so can Kyler Murray.
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    Or they can both be complete busts – and frankly that is a lot more likely than seeing them both in the pro-bowl.

  19. If the Cards draft Murray and trade Rosen i hope the kids does prove them wrong and has a great career. I think the kid got a raw deal from a horrible team. How did Payton and Drew look their first year?

  20. chickensalad43 says:
    April 18, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Two things can be simultaneously true: Josh Rosen can be a pro-bowl level quarterback, and so can Kyler Murray.
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    Yes – This is true. Now let’s think about it for a second.

    If both of them are question marks, which ? is more valuable?

    1 – Rosen, with 3 years of cap friendly team control (4 years with the team option) and say they draft Nick Bosa/Quinnen Williams/Josh Allen
    2 – Murray, 4 years of cap friendly team control (5 years wiht team option) and they trade Rosen for the 10th or 11th pick (Den or Cin) getting a decent player

    Personally, I’d rather have the stud D lineman and give up the one year of extra control for Rosen. But I could see the argument for Murray.

    Either way, it’s reasonable to like either side, which everyone thinks is set in stone the Murray is the obvious play.

  21. Rosen has handled himself well during the last few months. It has to be frustrating. I mean, this kid made a big deal about falling in the draft but has managed to keep his mouth shut until now. He still has a huge upside and with a coach that calls a playbook built for his skills he will play very well. He may land in a better situation outside of Arizona.

  22. So if they keep him, his job is to prove them right….but what if they keep him and draft Murray anyway? How does he prove them right or wrong then? That would be an ugly situation. I doubt it will happen like that. They are just squeezing more juice from the giants, Redskins, or fish.

  23. My gutt says he knows something and that something is he is the odd man out. First take Murry. He is a me first limelight guy and he has been dead quiet about making statements like ‘anyone who passes on me will be sorry’. I’m sure he was told my the Cards he is their guy but they needed to plan the game of ‘oh were not sure’ and told him that.
    He knows exactly where he stands. I think the Cards have been super quiet in trying to peddle Rosen too and either have a bidder or two or are putting it off till closer to the draft to get max picks.

  24. What do ya do, the team should say nothing ,foeld offers for the pick and then make a decision on Murray or whatever offers they get. If some offers a great package you have to look at it.

  25. 81TinaKane says: “@chickensalad…the brees an Rivers situation is not even remotely close to this situation….brees was a free agent with an injury that many thought would change/if not end his career.”
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    I think he’s referring to Chargers even drafting Rivers 4th overall. Brees, like Rosen, didn’t have a great start in his career. I believe Brees was even replaced by Doug Flutie as the starter at one point in the 2003 season.

  26. It wouldn’t be uncertain if you were any good, Josh, but you didn’t give them a reason to commit to you. Where do these players get off thinking that they’re owed a job if they can’t perform that job to a satisfactory level?

  27. The Cardinals front office is horrendous. They signed Sam “Glass” Bradford to be the QB last year and planned on Rosen sitting out the year and learning. Then, when Bradford got hurt (again) as expected, they threw Rosen into the fire instead of their backup Mike Glennon. The team had terrible personnel and terrible coaches. Rosen had NO CHANCE and was sacked like a million times. He bounced up every time. He faced the media and answered all the questions in a professional manner. I have no idea if Murray will be better than Rosen, but I do know this: If the Cardinals draft Murray, Nick Bosa will destroy him twice a year for the next decade.

  28. Arizona has plenty leverage. Plenty teams would view Rosen as an asset over their current ineffective QB…it’s all about potential. Rosen is unproven, unlike many other suckie QBs.

  29. dartmouthstevens says:
    April 18, 2019 at 11:57 am
    I think ‘zona doesn’t know who it is going to pick in the first round. They have probably been thinking, “If they give us this much draft capital, we will trade” QB with no team doesn’t help. They have a ton of holes. So it really depends on who wants the #1 pick how badly. “My entire draft for Hershel Walker” so it is not like it has not been done before. And look how that turned out. 3 SB Championships (for the team that got the bonus draft)
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    Trading Herschel Walker helped Dallas rebuild for their SB runs, but the trade you referring to was for Rickey Williams, and not Herschel Walker.

  30. And btw, the Dolphins didn’t win much of anything post trading Williams for the Saint’s entire draft selections.

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