Joel Klatt of FOX Sports reported that the Patriots are showing interest in Arizona Cardinals quarterback, Josh Rosen. Rosen is entering his second season in the NFL after a rough rookie season. He completed only 55% of his passes and his touchdown-to-interception ratio was 11-14. The Cardinals are lacking in talent, but his numbers do not reflect those of a franchise QB. The Cardinals are showing interest in taking Oklahoma’s former QB and Heisman Trophy winner, Kyler Murray, with the first overall pick in the 2019 draft. If that happens, Rosen will likely end up playing elsewhere.
The Giants and the Chargers are also among the teams interested, according to Joel Klatt’s list. The Cardinals will likely sell low on Rosen if Murray is in their plans for the 2019 draft. New England has 12 draft picks so they have the ammo to make this deal. The asking price for Rosen began at a first round draft pick, but I do not see that as a realistic price. If Rosen were to end up with the Patriots this offseason, he would play behind Tom Brady right away, which is good for a few reasons. He still needs to develop as a passer and he will need to learn an entirely new offense. Brady still has a couple years in the tank, giving Rosen plenty of time to grow as an NFL quarterback.
This move makes a lot of sense. I do not expect Josh Rosen to be an amazing talent that will carry the Patriots on super bowl run after super bowl run. However, there is a reason he was taken with the 10th overall pick in the 2018 draft. His rookie campaign was unimpressive, but experience under the “GOAT” will improve his game. Quarterback is the most difficult position to transition from college to the NFL. Some of the best young quarterbacks have thrived after an unimpressive rookie season. This list includes players like Jared Goff, Patrick Mahomes, and Carson Wentz. Wentz threw 16 touchdowns in his first year and threw 33 in his second. Goff threw 5 touchdowns his first year and threw 28 in his second. We all know the MVP year Mahomes had last year after playing under Alex Smith. This is not always the case, but Rosen can vastly improve under Brady.