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3 Teams That Could Sign Josh Rosen

  • The Draft Network
  • August 18, 2021
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Teams That Could Sign Josh Rosen

The Josh Rosen saga continues. The once-promising prospect whose career has been incredibly disappointing up to this point finds himself on the open market following his release from the San Francisco 49ers. Time is starting to run out for Rosen, who has already found himself on four teams before officially kicking off his fourth season in the league.

All things considered, we imagine Rosen will get at least one more chance to prove himself capable of playing at the NFL level. With that said, let’s examine some destinations that appear logical on paper.

NEW YORK JETS

The Jets currently employ James Morgan and Mike White as the quarterbacks behind second-overall pick Zach Wilson. Neither player has ever attempted an NFL pass in a regular-season game, and neither player showcased themselves in an admirable manner during the team’s 12-7 win over the New York Giants in Week 1 of the preseason. White received the majority of the work and finished 13-of-19 for 127 yards. Morgan completed 5-of-9 passes for 45 yards. Neither player threw for a touchdown. 

The Jets are all-in on Wilson, and rightfully so, but it would make sense for them to bring in a passer with more experience under their belt behind him. Rosen has learned a lot during his tumultuous journey in the NFL, and he could share the harsh lessons he’s learned with a rookie signal-caller, especially one that will be under the microscope of the unforgiving local media. Add in the fact that new Jets head coach Robert Saleh is familiar with Rosen through their time together in San Francisco last season, and we’re struggling to see the downside in this potential landing spot.

DALLAS COWBOYS

The Cowboys sent their fan base into a frenzy when they announced in an odd fashion last week that starting quarterback Dak Prescott was set to undergo a “precautionary MRI” on his right shoulder strain.

While the Cowboys claim it isn’t a reason to worry, it’s worth taking a peek into their backup quarterback situation, especially when a player with Rosen’s pedigree becomes available. Cooper Rush and Garrett Gilbert looked decent in the Hall of Fame Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but both signal-callers took a step backward in the team’s second preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. Ben DiNucci, who is also competing for a roster spot, hasn’t performed enticingly in either game.

From an infrastructure perspective, the Cowboys have a good offensive line, outstanding pass-catching weapons, and one of the best running backs in the game. Adding a player like Rosen to the mix to compete at backup quarterback shouldn’t be off the table as the Cowboys look to secure the proper insurance should Prescott find himself on the mend once again.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Joe Flacco complicates this landing spot a bit, but it’s a scenario worth exploring. The Eagles have been linked to Deshaun Watson and those whispers don’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Of course, acquiring a player on the level of Watson isn’t the same as Rosen, but it does suggest the front office is willing to shake things up in their quarterback room.

The Eagles should be all-in on doing whatever they can to improve the position. Bringing in a player like Rosen would be a low-risk, high-reward move. There’s also some familiarity worth mentioning here. Eagles tight ends coach Jason Michael was on the offensive staff of Arizona when the Cardinals selected Rosen with the 10th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Michael would have been involved in that process, seeing as he’s spent several years in the league as both a quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. That type of player-coach relationship could help Rosen hit the ground running in Philadelphia.

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