JUNKIES: Is Josh Rosen the Skins' best option at quarterback?

Ben Krimmel
March 21, 2019 - 2:33 pm

Despite the addition of veteran Case Keenum, the Washington Redskins remain likely to add another quarterback. But who will it be?

While the NFL Draft remains a likely spot for Washington to add a QB due to the team's limited cap space and mediocre talent left on the free agent market, the Skins' top pick isn't until the middle of the first round and may be too late to select a top tier talent. 

So what are the Redskins' best options? Eric Bickel laid out three for the Redskins to consider Thursday on The Sports Junkies: Attempt to trade up and select Kyler Murray, trade up to draft Dwayne Haskins, or trade for Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen.

"Probably the best case scenario for them is still to try and engineer a trade for Josh Rosen," Bickel said. "It would be less costly, you would potentially have your quarterback of the future at a discount, you don't even have to pay that high, sort of, initial signing bonus, some of that stuff, right? You'd have him under team control for three to four years, he's got a year under his belt, not a great year, but still a year under his belt. Maybe with some good tutoring with (offensive coordinator Kevin) O'Connell and (head coach Jay) Gruden and these guys he could really blossom in his second year, like (Mitch) Trubisky did, like Jared Goff did."  

"That ultimately might be the best option for them," he said.

And Rosen is on the Redskins radar. 106.7 The Fan's Craig Hoffman reported Washington's interest in the first-round pick from a year ago was real. 

"The Redskins are interested in a lot of quarterbacks, but Rosen is clearly one of, if not the best options," Hoffman wrote earlier in March. "For a team as cash-strapped as Washington, a cheap quarterback who may actually be good would feel like a gift from a higher power."

While Rosen is an option, Bickel's description of Rosen's rookie year as not great is a rather charitable one. Rosen struggled mightily with the Cardinals, passing for 2278 yards in 14 games with a 55.2 completion percentage and 11 touchdowns to 14 interceptions.

Rosen's struggles may be the reason many around the DMV are not too excited about a potential trade. 

"Part of the reason that there's not as much buzz around Rosen is because he had a bad rookie year," The Junks' John Auville said. "And it's not all on him, I mean, he had a terrible offensive line in front of him, he had just woeful coaching from (offensive coordinator) Mike McCoy and company in Arizona. So, maybe he just needs that change of scenery and somebody new to kind of groom him."

And even with all that, Bickel would still pull the trigger on a trade for Rosen.

"Even if I had to give up the 15th (overall pick) for a shot at having my guy for maybe four or eight years," Bickel said.

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