The Cardinals may not be ready to make a move with Josh Rosen yet, but that’s not stopping other teams around the league from making offers for the quarterback.
Arizona has already received two offers for Rosen, according to Bleacher Report, citing an AFC executive. However, the report notes the Cardinals want to “save face” and get as close to a first-round pick as possible.
“They’re hoping the closer to the draft we get some team is going to realize they will miss out on (Dwayne) Haskins or (Drew) Lock … or just remember that Rosen is better than either of them … and pony up a late first-rounder,” the anonymous executive told Bleacher Report.
Rosen’s future with the franchise has been highly speculated this offseason as the draft nears. The belief by many is that the Cardinals will select Kyler Murray with the top pick and then trade Rosen. Despite the rumors, Rosen is still expected to report for the start of the team’s voluntary offseason workout program Monday.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury has remained positive about Rosen’s fit with Arizona as well, and reiterated numerous times that the 22-year-old quarterback is still the leader of his team.
“People have said a lot of things that are misconceptions, if you will,” Kingsbury said last month, per SNY. “Josh is a tremendous player, I’ve always thought, watching him at UCLA. He played his best football in a spread system, some similarities to what we do. He’s a tremendous thinker, very cerebral, can throw it with anybody.
The Cardinals finished 2018 with a league-worst 3-13 record, missing the playoffs for a third straight season. Rosen, selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2018 draft, struggled during his rookie season as he completed 55.2 percent of his passes for 2,278 yards. He threw for 11 touchdowns and had 14 interceptions in 14 games.