Dolphins trade for Cardinals QB Josh Rosen as potential Patriots target heads for AFC East


The Miami Dolphins and the Arizona Cardinals have completed a trade that will send Josh Rosen to Miami. ProFootballTalk first reported that the Dolphins would ship a second-round pick to the Cardinals in exchange for Rosen.

ESPN'S Adam Schefter later confirmed further details of the trade Friday night. 

In the wake of the Cardinals selecting Kyler Murray, Rosen was always expected to be traded during the draft. It was possible that they could hold onto him, but trading him made far more sense. The Dolphins had an obvious need at the quarterback position, but the New England Patriots were considered to be among the potential teams that could trade for Rosen.

UMass receiver Andy Isabella, who wound up being taken by Arizona in the deal, had also been on the Patriots radar. 

The Patriots don't have a successor for Tom Brady ready at the moment. Currently, they have Brian Hoyer and former seventh-round pick Danny Etling on the roster, but they were still expected to add some young talent at the position during the draft. They still could target a Day 2 passer, or may a Day 3 guy, but there were some arguments for them to go get Rosen, the No. 10 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

However, the Patriots and Cardinals never appeared to have serious discussions about a trade. In fact, on draft day, it was reported that the Patriots and Cardinals hadn't spoken about a Rosen trade. So, while Rosen made sense, especially considering that the Patriots have 11 total picks in the next six rounds of the draft, he won't be coming to New England.

With Rosen landing with the Dolphins, the Patriots will face him twice a year. The trade also ensures that the AFC East will contain three quarterbacks that were first-round picks in 2018, as Rosen, Sam Darnold, and Josh Allen all went in the top 10 picks of that draft.

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