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Three things are certain regarding the future of the Arizona Cardinals. First, Kliff Kingsbury is and will be the head coach of the Cardinals for at least the next four years. Second, he is infatuated with the talent of Kyler Murray and his ability to orchestrate an offense using either his speed or his throwing ability. And last, Kingsbury has the ability to draft Murray with the first overall pick in less than a month.
FILE – In this Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws during an NCAA college football game against UCLA, in Norman, Okla. Murray was named a Heisman Trophy finalist on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
With that being said, the Cardinals do already have a significant name on their QB depth chart. Josh Rosen, the tenth overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, is just 22 years old and was one of the most highly touted quarterbacks in his draft class. After one year in a Cardinals uniform, he left a lot to be desired. 11 touchdowns to 14 interceptions along with a QBR of just 26.6 doesn’t exactly spell out the word ‘promise’.
So by using context clues and a half-portion of brain power, one could say it is inevitable that Rosen will be dealt to a QB-needy team. On that regard, here are five potential teams Josh Rosen could be suiting up for in 2019.
After a devastating injury to Alex Smith in November of last season, the Redskins have been searching for their answer to the quarterback position ever since. Case Keenum has playoff experience and a semi-decent track record, but considering Jay Gruden is in complete win-now mode, there will be no toleration for mediocrity. Rosen can be an answer and can possibly lead the franchise to some wins in 2019, just as long as Adrian Peterson mimics his renaissance of last year.
New York Giants
For what would be an almost ideal spot for Rosen, the Giants make the most sense from a football perspective. With a star-running back going into only his second year, Rosen along with Saquon Barkley could form a formidable duo for years to come. Even if Rosen has to sit for a year, he could learn a lot from Eli Manning on the bench. How to mature into a pro, how to handle the intensity of a playoff matchup, how to handle the media, etc. Maybe if David Gettleman, general manager of the Giants, wasn’t convinced that Eli will get better with age, we as fans could see this deal come to fruition. The deal that makes the most sense, is coincidentally the deal that will least likely happen (on this list).
The Broncos are currently sporting a QB depth chart of Joe Flacco and Kevin Hogan. And while very few consider Joe Flacco to be an elite NFL quarterback… I for one do not. No offense Joe, but you were benched for a rookie Lamar Jackson and you aren’t getting any younger. That being said, Josh Rosen could be a potential solution for the Bronco’s QB woes. Elway may potentially fall in love with Rosen’s accuracy and smarts, a play-style similar to his own.
After dumping Ryan Tannehill after years of disappointment, the Fins are finally prepping to introduce their quarterback of the future. Instead of settling for Drew Lock or Dwayne Haskins in this upcoming draft, Rosen could be in play. Yes, Miami did sign Ryan Fitzpatrick to start for the 2019 season, but if they are not satisfied from what they see in QB prospects, whether it be this year or next year, they could make a surprise move for Rosen.
Los Angeles Chargers
Another ideal landing spot for Rosen, just like the Giants. This move makes the most sense for a number of reasons. Rosen would be playing in LA, and considering his college career at UCLA and his hometown of Manhattan Beach, this would be a big win for him. Phillip Rivers would be an excellent mentor and teacher to help groom him into the prototypical winning NFL quarterback the Chargers will need after Rivers’ departure. And speaking of Rivers, who is 37 years old and on the final year of his contract, his football days may be numbered. Or, he proves me wrong, has five more kids (he has nine already) and wins a ring. I’ll take either.
I know, you might be thinking, “what about the Patriots?” My rebuttal to that is that Tom Brady must be some form of superhuman species that freshens with age. The Belichick-Brady duo will be alive and well for at least three to four more years, and Josh Rosen will be on another franchise to witness it.