The idea of finding a potential replacement for Tom Brady has been a hot topic in New England for years. From Ryan Mallett to Jimmy Garoppolo to the present, fans have wondered how the Patriots might deal with life without the GOAT at some point in the near future.
The latest potential heir apparent is Arizona’s Josh Rosen. Rosen was taken with 10th overall pick in the 2018 draft, but the Cardinals have a new coach in Kliff Kingsbury, and it’s possible he might want to go in a different direction.
Kingsbury came from Texas Tech, where last season he was quoted as saying that Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray should be the first overall pick in 2019. Fast forward a few months and Kingsbury is now the Cardinals coach, and more importantly, the owner of the first pick. That has led to rampant speculation that Arizona is dealing Rosen, and Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt indicated recently that the Patriots, Giants and Chargers have all expressed interest.
The asking price could be as much as a first-round pick, considering Rosen himself went 10th just last season. The Patriots have the 32nd overall pick, and if they indeed are interested might this make some sense?
We’ll take a crack at it in this week’s Samsonite Make Your Case, which asks: Would you be willing to trade for Josh Rosen?
PFW’s Erik Scalavino says …
New England had what some critics dubbed the best quarterback situation in the league a few years back when Jimmy Garoppolo was Tom Brady’s backup. The Super Bowl champs now find themselves back where they were prior to drafting Garoppolo in 2014 – with an aging Brady and no legitimate heir to the QB position.
Here’s where Rosen makes sense. Considered one of the best passer prospects available in last year’s draft, he endured the hardships of being a rookie starter on a not-very-good Cardinals team. However, I still believe there’s a talented player there. If reports are true that the New York Giants are prepared to offer their second-round choice in this year’s draft for Rosen, then I’d be prepared to up the ante.
Even if Brady continues to play at a championship level for the next few years, New England needs a viable alternative for when the eventual end does come, sooner or later. I’d prefer they have an insurance policy sooner, which is why I’d be OK with trading for Rosen.
PFW’s Paul Perillo says …
Having a young backup for the sake of having a young backup doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. From what I watched of Rosen both at UCLA and last season, I don’t think he’s worth trading a valuable asset for.
Rosen certainly will improve as he gains experience, and I have no doubt that coming to New England would offer him a better chance to develop. But there have been a lot of young quarterbacks in Foxborough over the years, and really only Jimmy Garoppolo proved to be worthy of making a long-term investment. I don’t see Rosen as being any different than the rest.
I believe Brady when he says he wants to play into his mid-40s, so having a young quarterback behind now is not necessary. If Bill Belichick doesn’t like the prospects in the draft, he doesn’t need to take one now either. Just let Brady play and if the end comes sooner than we think the Patriots can always find a veteran to bridge the gap until they find a young guy they like. I’ll pass on Rosen.