NFL rumors: Where do Patriots stand in Josh Rosen trade sweepstakes?


The Arizona Cardinals have the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, but the main storyline surrounding the franchise is the future of quarterback Josh Rosen.

The Cardinals spent a first-round pick on Rosen in last year's draft, and he had a good-but-not-great rookie campaign in 2018. Arizona is faced with a dilemma entering draft day. They can trade Rosen and select Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the top selection, or they could keep Rosen and use the No. 1 pick to address one of their other roster weaknesses.

The quarterback class in this draft isn't particularly strong, so for teams that need a quarterback but don't want to use a first-round pick to draft one, pursuing a trade for Rosen makes sense.

NBC Sports' Peter King provided an update on Rosen's situation Monday in his latest Football Morning in America column:

Canvassing the league in recent days, I found two teams as favorites to acquire quarterback Josh Rosen, the 10th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, if Arizona chooses to draft Kyler Murray and trade Rosen. I believe if this does happen, Washington is in the best position to do the deal. It could come down to whether Washington is willing to give a second-round pick instead of the third-rounder that obviously it would prefer to trade for Rosen.

King lists the Redskins, New York Giants, Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins -- in that order -- as the most likely destinations for Rosen if a trade went down. 

Where do the Patriots stand in the Rosen sweepstakes? It doesn't sound like King expects him to land in Foxboro.

I’d eliminate New England; just don’t sense the interest there. I’d all but eliminate the Chargers; Philip Rivers seems primed to play at least two more years, and they just gave Tyrod Taylor $6 million guaranteed over the next two years.

The Patriots, according to FOX Sports 1's Joel Klatt, are among the teams "very interested" in Rosen. What we know for sure is New England does need a long-term solution at quarterback. Tom Brady is coming off a sixth Super Bowl championship and remains one of the best quarterbacks in the league, but he's also 41 years old.

Danny Etling, a seventh-round pick in 2018, isn't likely to be Brady's successor, and neither is current backup, Brian Hoyer. The Patriots also have other, more pressing needs to address in the draft, particularly at tight end, wide receiver and on the defensive line.

The Patriots certainly should do their due diligence on Rosen and inquire about the price. New England does have six picks in the first three rounds of the draft, including two in the second round and three in the third round. They have the draft capital to make a trade, but overpaying to acquire Rosen -- when he isn't likely to play as long as Brady is here -- wouldn't make sense. 

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