Bengals’ Zac Taylor makes decision on Josh Rosen
Josh Rosen was waived by the Miami Dolphins on Friday, allowing the other 31 teams to claim him before he hit free agency. To no one’s surprise, the Cincinnati Bengals — who have the No. 1 waiver priority — won’t be signing Rosen, per Geoff Hobson of the team’s official site.
Zac says Bengals won’t claim on Rosen
— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) September 5, 2020
Rosen, who is 23 years old, will be playing for his third team once he signs elsewhere. Even though he’s failed to show promise so far, it’s fair to say he’s had extremely bad luck in the situations he’s been put in.
The UCLA product began his career as the No. 10 pick of the 2018 NFL Draft with the Arizona Cardinals. Just a year later, after dysfunction within Arizona’s organization, Rosen was traded to the Dolphins. Then, a year after that, he’s now going to be available for any team to sign.
For the Bengals, at this point in time, signing Rosen would make little to no sense. Cincinnati just selected Joe Burrow with the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and they view him as their long-term answer at quarterback.
Plus, if they were to add another quarterback, they’d likely add an experienced one. The only other quarterback on Cincinnati’s roster cuts is Ryan Finley, who’s entering his second season in the NFL.
Teams that should be placing a claim for Rosen or looking to sign the former first-rounder should be teams who believe he can be developed into a future franchise quarterback. Furthermore, teams with aging quarterbacks should express interest in Rosen. Given that, the Bengals don’t have any use for Rosen and head coach Zac Taylor has made it clear that the team won’t be pursuing him.