- April 17, 2019
- 2 minute read
Trading Rosen is Not The Play
The facts are the media has pushed the Kyler Murray rumors that he will become the first overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. The rookie cap provides relief for NFL teams, and no written rule says you can’t have two top 10 quarterbacks on the roster. If the Cardinals decided to trade Rosen at this stage the return would not be anything to close to the cost. The Cardinals needed to acquire the No. 10 overall pick in last year’s draft form the Oakland Raiders by giving the Raiders their pick (No. 15), a 3rd-round pick (No. 79) and a fifth-round selection (No. 152) to the Oakland Raiders.
The issue is his rookie year production would give pause on any team willing to give the Cardinals a first-round pick for the signal caller. Rosen states show a 55 percent completion percentage, 11 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions in 14 games with 13 of those games being starts. The numbers and his 3-10 record as a starter are not going to have teams rushing to hand over a first round pick and even then it would likely not equally the initial expense of acquiring him in the draft. The Cardinals would also deal with an additional cap hit of $4 million of dead money after any trade.
The new system provides an ability to have two young quarterbacks with high draft picks and continuous evaluation and development of them both until one emerges as the solidified starter at least for a few seasons. Both Rosen and Murray would be better than most teams current backups. The idea that drafting Murray means a Rosen trade lack foresight.
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