One of the biggest stories to come out of the NFL draft’s first round yesterday was the quarterback situation in Arizona: after the Cardinals made Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray the first overall pick, the team was left with two passers selected in the top ten in back-to-back years. Something had to give when it came to Murray and second-year man Josh Rosen but nothing materialized yesterday. Today, things look quite different.
According to a report by Pro Football Talk, the Cardinals are closing in on a deal that would send Rosen to the AFC East: the Miami Dolphins would send a second-round pick — the 48th overall selection — to Arizona in exchange for the 10th overall choice in last year’s draft. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo added that one or multiple late-round selections might ultimately also become part of the trade.
Regardless of the details, it sure looks as if Rosen will join the Dolphins and become the third of four quarterbacks picked in last year’s top ten to end up in the New England Patriots’ division: the New York Jets drafted Sam Darnold with the third pick, and the Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen with the seventh. The Cardinals then went after Rosen at #10 but are apparently close to also sending him to the AFC East.
Needless to say that the investment is a big one for the Dolphins and neo head coach Brian Flores: he now has his quarterback, while the passer landscape in the division has gotten younger — all while 41-year old Tom Brady still reigns supreme.
[UPDATE] According to multiple media reports, the Dolphins have traded the 62nd overall draft pick for Rosen.