Multiple teams have reached out to the Arizona Cardinals about possibly acquiring quarterback and 2018 first-round NFL Draft pick Josh Rosen, but the Cardinals have not shown interest in trading him at this point, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday.
Multiple teams inquired about Josh Rosen’s availability at the combine last week, though Arizona did not give those teams any indication that it is willing to move on from Josh Rosen at this time, according to two league sources who spoke to the Cardinals. This doesn’t mean that Arizona won’t wind up shopping Josh Rosen eventually; but it hasn’t to date, as the Cardinals have not responded to the overtures that they’ve received from other teams while they’re going through the draft evaluation process.
Schefter's report comes amid conflicting reports about the possibility that the Cardinals will trade Rosen and draft Heisman Trophy-winning QB Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft in April. Last week, ESPN NFL analyst Louis Riddick told ABC15 it's "more probable than not" that the Cardinals will trade Rosen and draft Murray, and NFL Network's Charley Casserly reported Tuesday that the Cardinals are looking to trade Rosen. On the other hand, Rich Eisen, also with NFL Network, reported the Cardinals have told Rosen he's their guy.
Rumors that the Cardinals might take Murray with the No. 1 pick revved up after a video surfaced of new Cardinals coach and former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury praising Murray in October before Texas Tech faced Oklahoma. During the NFL Combine last week, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said Rosen is the Cardinals' quarterback "right now, for sure."
Murray didn't take part in any drills during the NFL Combine, but he measured at over 5'10, a positive development and one that could boost Murray's draft stock.
"He's a dynamic talent," Kingsbury said about Murray in an interview with ESPN last week. "To be the quickest player on the field regardless of position, and then to be able to drop back and beat you in the passing game as well -- I just think the world of him as a player and a person, having recruited him in high school and knowing what he's about, and I think he's going to continue to prove people wrong at the next level."
But Kingsbury also gave his current quarterback a ringing endorsement.
"Josh is our starter. That's the guy that it's been and will continue to be," he said. "We love Josh. He's a top-10 pick for this organization for a reason, and I'm excited to work with him."