As some of you may be shocked to see, yes, I do like trades of all shapes, sizes, and sports. Especially when it just so happens that they involve not only starting quarterbacks, but also a recent first round draft pick…
With the start of the playoffs, this means that the beginning part of the upcoming NFL draft has been set. Best part about this? Witnessing the idiocy that occurs before the draft commences.
Rumors are already starting to come out that the Arizona Cardinals are trying to trade away former rookie quarterback and 10th overall pick Josh Rosen (aka “The Rosen One”). Why would they wish to do that? After all, he is a quarterback that did win the Cardinals most of their wins. They wish to do said trade because they wish to draft QB Kyler Murray with the first overall pick. Besides not being the best NFL-ready QB in the draft (shout out Dwayne ‘Simba’ Haskins), this is not a draft where the QBs are consider as the best talent available.
The best thing the Cardinals could do is keep Rosen, trade back, acquire more picks, and begin moving from there. However, they obviously do not believe Rosen is their QB of the future, and I get cutting the proverbial umbilical cord earlier rather than later. This just prompts too many questions for me, seeing as many believed the last draft (outside of Baker Mayfield) to be a strong QB class, and this upcoming to be the weak one.
Boy, how the tables have turned, Mel Kiper and Todd McShay.
While I do support this trade proposal for the Cardinals, and believe a team like the Jaguars or Dolphins (or multiple other teams) are stupid enough to go through with said trade, I cannot see what is to gain. Multiple teams may approach a team like the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants, or Baltimore Ravens for a QB, or may target a FA in the market. Hell, they may just trade up in order to secure one of the few elite QBs in this draft.
So you may be asking me what the issue is, and I think it is a pretty simple one: I think they should keep Rosen and take Nick Bosa.
But will they listen to me? Nah, they will probably trade Rosen to another team for a couple picks (look for a first and a fifth or maybe even just a second and third), take Murray, and enjoy the hell that comes with a mobile QB in the NFL. Ask the Ravens how that playoff game went.