It never crossed my mind. I never thought back in April, when we traded for Josh Rosen, we would be discussing a trade for Rosen. Let me be the one to tell you, if you are pro-Kyler Murray or Dwayne Haskins for the first pick, this is not the article for you.
Does everyone understand the final implications that come with trading a quarterback in the QBs second year?
About $10M worth of reasons, as it would count against the cap to trade Rosen in any way. Seriously, it would cost the Cardinals $8M+ in dead cap, plus a negative $4M+ in cap savings. That’s not a mistake, combined, it would be around $13M to trade Rosen.
Doing so would create a financial burden in an offseason where the ability to pursue potential game changing offensive and defensive free agents was a key to the change over.
Want more reasons? I got you.
You trade Rosen and you wasted 3 draft picks to get him. What do you think they will get for Rosen? Some have projected a first round pick. Really? A second-year quarterback who struggled mightily in year one? Bad numbers under pressure, average numbers in his limited time in a clean pocket? Look, I might be trashing him just a little bit, but that’s just what other teams will be thinking when the Cardinals ask for that price, and who would blame them?
Trading Rosen would in my estimation, probably net a third-round pick. So, what would it look like in that kind of situation? Short and simple, here we go:
1.01: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
2.01: pass rusher because someone slides down. Maybe Jachai Polite
3.01: Michael Jordan
3rd round (Rosen trade): David Edwards/Tytus Howard/Michael Deiter
Seriously, think about it, you’re taking a 5’10’’ quarterback, a second-tier edge, and taking shots at linemen further down the board.
Staying put you could see:
1.01 Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State
2.01 Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College
3.01: Andy Isabella, WR, UMass
It’s the difference between drafting Michael Jordan of Ohio State and Chris Lindstrom of Boston College.
It’s the difference in improving multiple positions or starting over at quarterback and hoping you are able to continue to get some difference makers at other positions.
The difference would be significant, like having a chance to draft Zach Martin, but waiting for Xavier Sua-Filo. It’s that big of a difference in my opinion.