Teams that are looking to acquire a starting quarterback in the 2019 NFL offseason don’t have a ton of options. The draft isn’t filled with five first-round talents, as was the case a year ago, and the free-agent class is also weak.
Nick Foles will be the best signal caller available in free agency. When it comes to making trades, Josh Rosen is the top name that’s been mentioned in rumors.
Joe Flacco and Case Keenum have both reportedly been traded this winter. Neither quarterback is a real difference-maker.
Foles is all but certain to leave the Philadelphia Eagles after opting out of his contract. The Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins eliminated themselves as suitors for the 2018 Super Bowl MVP by trading for the aforementioned quarterbacks, leaving the Jacksonville Jaguars as the favorites.
It had previously been reported that Jacksonville was expected to sign Foles, and Friday’s news only reinforced that belief. The Jaguars cut a few players, clearing space under the salary cap that will presumably be used on the quarterback. Foles could make around $20 million per season with his next contract.
So to update: The cuts of Malik Jackson, Carlos Hyde and Tashaun Gipson save the Jaguars a total of $23.2 million in 2019 salary cap space.
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) March 8, 2019
Case Keenum is due $18 million in 2019, but only $7M is fully guaranteed. Possibility to adjust and make the numbers more palatable. Also, this would dry up the most logical destination for a potential Josh Rosen trade. https://t.co/iaiqQlRicC
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 7, 2019
"I am thoroughly convinced [the Cardinals] are taking Kyler Murray first overall…they will be trading Josh Rosen.
Rosen for a [3rd round pick] to Washington, that's what I figure is going to happen sometime in the next six weeks."
-@JasonLaCanfora on the Arizona Cardinals. pic.twitter.com/Af2DjVgTlU
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) March 7, 2019
Kyler Murray will be the No. 1 overall pick and Josh Rosen will likely be traded before free agency starts. The streets is talking and Washington is the likely landing spot for Rosen.
— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) March 4, 2019
Rosen is set to earn a fraction of what Foles will sign for over the next few seasons, making him an attractive trade option, even for teams that don’t necessarily need a starting quarterback next season. Last year’s No.10 overall pick didn’t perform like a first-rounder in his rookie season with the Arizona Cardinals, though he didn’t have much of a chance to succeed behind the NFL’s worst offensive line.
The Cardinals aren’t actively shopping Rosen, and it’s almost unheard of for a team to trade quarterback a year after moving up to draft him in the first round. But the rumors won’t go away, and most insiders seem to believe Rosen won’t be in Arizona for the 2019 season.
There are countless possible destinations for Rosen, especially if the reports are true that it might only take a second or even a third-round pick to pry him away from the Cardinals. The Redskins seemed like the most logical landing spot for Rosen until they agreed to acquire Keenum.
It’s been speculated that the New York Giants or Miami Dolphins could make a play for Rosen. Maybe the New England Patriots would approach the Cardinals with an eye on finding Tom Brady’s eventual replacement.