On Thursday night, the Arizona Cardinals did just as everyone had expected and selected Heisman trophy winner Kyler Murray with the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. In doing so, the Cardinals essentially waved good-bye to quarterback Josh Rosen, who the team selected 10th overall just last year.
According to Sports Illustrated, the Cardinals started shopping Rosen just minutes before the draft kicked off, but no teams were willing to pay their asking price of a first-round selection. Rosen, who reportedly learned that the Cardinals were selecting Murray just moments before the pick was submitted, has already taken the liberty to unfollow the Cardinals on instagram and twitter.
Although Arizona couldn’t find a trade partner for Rosen on the first night of the trade, the trade talks will continue as the draft rolls along tonight. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport believes that one team to watch is the Miami Dolphins, however it remains to be seen how steep the Cardinals asking price truly is.
General Manager Steve Keim has insisted that he won’t simply give Rosen away.
“I’m not giving up Josh for less than he’s worth,” Keim told NFL Network’s Mike Silver.
“He’s a really good player. He’s been amazing throughout this process, and I have nothing but good things to say about him. Quarterback’s the most important position in the game, and without one, you’re screwed — so you’d better have more than one. Trust me, I know. Four years ago we went into a playoff game with our fourth stringer (Ryan Lindley) because our other quarterbacks got hurt, and it wasn’t fun (Lindley threw for just 82 yards in a 27-14 defeat to the Carolina Panthers). So yeah, people might think it would be awkward to have them both, but I’m not worried about that at all. I have no reason to give Josh away.”