Josh Rosen trade interest growing even as a ‘forgotten man’ for Dolphins

In spite of a disappointing NFL career to date, former first-round pick Josh Rosen is attracting some interest from around the league and could be traded for a second time in two seasons.

“On Josh Rosen, by the way — the forgotten man — teams called the Miami Dolphins about [Rosen’s] availability this offseason,” reporter Michael Giardi told NFL Network on Wednesday. “Thus far, the Dolphins are in no hurry to trade him.”

Rosen, 23, is one of three quarterbacks on the Dolphins’ depth chart alongside veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie Tua Tagovailoa, who was drafted No. 5 overall in April. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound UCLA product is in the penultimate year of his rookie deal with a potential fifth-year option in 2022.

Rosen was drafted tenth overall back in 2018 and was the fourth quarterback off the board behind Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Josh Allen. He passed for 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and a 55.2 completion percentage over 14 games in his dismal rookie season in Arizona and the Cardinals opted to quickly pivot away from the first-rounder. They finished with a league-worst 3-13 record and used the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft to select former Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray.

The Cardinals dealt Rosen to Miami in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick one day after they drafted his replacement. He was named the starter in Week 3 last year after the Dolphins started 0-2, but lost the next three contests and was quickly benched for Fitzpatrick. He appeared in six games total last season and threw for 567 yards, one touchdown and five interceptions with a 53.2 completion percentage.

“Ryan Fitzpatrick is the incumbent. Led them in passing, actually led them in rushing last year. Fitzpatrick coming back again for another season,” Giardi said. “He says openly to Tua and and to Josh Rosen, the third quarterback, ‘Hey guys, pick my brain. I’ve been through so many different things. I have made so many bad throws, so many good throws. I am here for you as a resource.’”

With Tagovailoa, 22, recovering from a hip injury he suffered in November, Giardi also postulated that 37-year-old Fitzpatrick could start the entire season.

“Will he be the tutor for Tua, or will he be the guy that carries the job all year long?” he added.

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