Rosen to Redskins rumors ripple around NFL

Ben Krimmel
April 05, 2019 - 3:23 pm
The Josh Rosen to the Redskins rumors have returned.

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Remember the Josh Rosen rumors? 

Well, once again this offseason the Washington Redskins, one of the most quarterback-needy teams in a league filled with teams in need of quarterbacks, have been linked with the 10th overall pick from a year ago.

With all the prognosticators predicting the Arizona Cardinals will use the No. 1 pick on Kyler Murray, Rosen has become the object of much trade speculation. And the latest round of murmurs has the Redskins back among the interested parties.

This iteration of rumors around the NFL began when ESPN's Chris Mortensen tweeted the Skins, despite trading for Case Keenum, shouldn't be forgotten when discussing the Rosen sweepstakes.

At the beginning of March, 106.7 The Fan's Redskins reporter Craig Hoffman wrote Washington's interest in Rosen is legit, especially with the Redskins in such a dire salary cap situation due to Alex Smith's injury.

"The Redskins are interested in a lot of quarterbacks, but Rosen is clearly one of, if not the best options," Hoffman wrote. "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."

Former NFL quarterback and NFL analyst Sean Salisbury told Chad Dukes on Friday not to judge Rosen's rookie season.

"I think it is extremely unfair to judge Josh Rosen's career on one season on a team that was horrible, that was ass, that didn't have players, that was willing to get rid of a coach after one year. He didn't have much of a chance," Salisbury said on 106.7 The Fan.

"Now, he's still got plenty of improvement to make in his game. But I would take Josh Rosen, if it was this year's draft, ahead of Daniel Jones, Drew Lock, and (Dwayne) Haskins."

"I would take Rosen second in this draft," Salisbury said. "And I think he can revitalize (the Redskins), it would be good for Jay (Gruden), and I'll take the guy with one year of experience and seeing what I think I got, as opposed to hoping what I may have."

"It would be great for Jay Gruden and the Redskins. And I think he fits what they're trying to do."

Well, luckily for the Redskins, their name keeps coming up.

From ESPN's Todd McShay: "I keep hearing Washington. They are the most likely of teams. They seem to be the most interested in Josh Rosen."

On Thursday, Benjamin Allbright said Washington looks more like the likely landing spot, with other teams needing to step up their offers. 

Allbrigtht said he thinks the cost to the Skins will be their 2nd round pick and a future mid-round selection, not the No. 15 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

MMQB's Andy Benoit jumped into the fray on Friday.

Rosen seems to be taking the rumors in stride. Adam Schefter tweeted on Friday Rosen will report and participate in Arizona's offseason workout program on Monday – a move not made by all players who are the subject of trade speculation. 

While Redskins fans should look at these rumors as a positive, they should know Rosen is no proven product. However, he may be a risk the Skins might have to take.

"We still don’t know if Rosen is good," Hoffman wrote in March, "but he’s a multi-year solution worthy of exploring to find out."

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