3 reasons the New York Giants should trade for Josh Rosen
Saying that the New York Giants’ offseason has been appalling is an understatement. They have seemingly decided to move forward with Eli Manning as their quarterback, but apparently, they no longer wanted Odell Beckham Jr. around.
The Giants traded Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns for a first and a third-round pick. This move was surprising—especially after Giant general manager, Dave Gettleman reiterated at the NFL Combine that the Giants didn’t sign Odell last year to trade him.
Regardless, the Giants are stuck with Manning under center for the foreseeable future. That is unless the Giants decided to make an offer for Josh Rosen ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Arizona Cardinals are rumored to be heavily interested in possibly drafting Kyler Murray with the number one overall pick in this year’s draft. New head coach, Kliff Kingsbury, has spoken highly of Murray and the Cardinals have been eyeing Murray since he declared for the draft.
That puts Rosen and the Cardinals in a tough spot. If Murray is who the Cardinals want at No. 1, then Rosen almost certainly has to be on his way out.
This comes after just one season with the Cardinals. He still has potential which is why the Giants should try to land the young quarterback. Here are three reasons why they should make a move for Rosen.
3. Rosen Can Be Had for Cheap
According to multiple reports, the asking price for Rosen isn’t too steep. Most people have pinned his value around in the second to third-round pick range.
That’s relatively cheap considering the asking price for starting quarterbacks usually. What makes his asking price scratch my head is that he still has a ton of potential as a starting quarterback.
Here’s a quarterback who was selected 10th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Cardinals. He didn’t have a great rookie season numbers-wise, but you have to consider the situation he was in.
The Cardinals fired their offensive coordinator in Mike McCoy early in the season and the offense never really got going after that either. The offensive line also struggled to protect Rosen from being on his back a lot.
The Giants just received another first-round pick in the Beckham Jr. trade, but if they can acquire Rosen without parting ways with either of their first-round selections, they need to pick the phone up immediately.
2. Rosen Could Save the Giants from Needing to Draft a Quarterback
The Giants currently hold the sixth and 17th overall picks in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft. Their plan with either pick is always changing, but a quarterback has been rumored at number six for a while now.
The Giants have shown interest in possibly drafting Dwayne Haskins out of Ohio State with their sixth overall selection. There was tons of buzz during the NFL Combine concerning the Giants and Haskins.
Although, that idea would be thrown out the window if the Giants landed Rosen via trade. That wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, as the Giants could use that pick to strengthen another need on their team rather than selecting a quarterback.
What would be really awkward is if Rosen gets traded from Arizona due to Murray being the Cardinals choice at No. 1 and when he gets to New York they still select a quarterback with the sixth pick.
That’s highly unlikely to happen if the Giants trade for Rosen but at this point, I wouldn’t put anything past Gettleman.
1. Giants Would Finally Replace Eli
The Giants should have been looking to replace Eli for years now. They have the chance now to reverse their mistakes by trying to trade for Rosen.
Last offseason, people argued that New York made the wrong choice by selecting Saquon Barkley over Sam Darnold with their first-round pick.
Barkley was the right choice, but you can make the argument that the Giants should have traded up and drafted a quarterback in 2016 or 2017.
Instead, they drafted Eli Apple with the 10th overall pick in the 2016 draft and Evan Engram with the 23rd overall pick in 2017. As we know, Apple is no longer on the team while Engram does have the potential to be a talented tight end.
Regardless, Giants fans would sooner have found their future quarterback instead of Engram. The same has been said about Barkley, but he’s a once-in-a-lifetime type of talent.
Now, back to the topic of discussion in Eli. The veteran quarterback has been descending downhill rapidly the past few seasons.
Since 2013, Eli has thrown 95 interceptions and has a record of 38-57 over that span. If Manning didn’t win two Super Bowls with the organization, there’s no doubt that he would’ve been long gone years ago.
The Giants front office seems keen on hanging onto Eli but for what reason? I understand he was crucial to your team’s most successful stretch in its history, but all good things must come to an end.
Trading for Rosen would force the Giants’ hand to bench Eli moving forward. Or would it? I would hope so but again, that Gettleman guy is hard to gauge.