Josh Rosen: Keep, Cut, or Trade

Nov 17, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins traded a 2019 second-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick in exchange for Josh Rosen. For the Dolphins, Rosen has been a complete disappointment, but with the addition of Tua Tagovailoa, his time seems short-lived. 


If the Miami Dolphins kept Rosen on the roster, it would make the least amount of sense. The Dolphins drafted Tua Tagovailoa with the fifth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and they already have veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Rosen has been a disappointment with the organization since he went 0 – 3 in his only starts with the Dolphins. His passing stats with the team are not much better because he only threw one touchdown, five interceptions, and 597 passing yards. Overall, if the Dolphins kept Rosen on the roster, they would cut or trade Fitzpatrick from the team. 


The Dolphins could allow Rosen to compete for the back-up role on the team, but have the chances of being cut. If Rosen were cut from the Dolphins, he would leave behind $4.9 million in dead cap space in 2020. Rosen has no spot on the roster after the future of the organization, Tua Tagovailoa, was drafted this season. Some teams that could sign Rosen could be the Patriots, Lions, or the Jaguars. Overall, if the Dolphins cut Rosen, then he would be picked up by a team to be a project. 


The Miami Dolphins initially lost a 2019 second-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick for Rosen. They will not get nearly that much for him now. Rosen could be in a package deal with Kalen Ballage for a fourth or third-round pick, which could help the team out instead of cutting the players. On his own, Josh Rosen is worth about a fifth-round pick because he is young, but has been a total bust so far in his career. Some potential teams the Dolphins could trade him to would be the Patriots because they require a true starting quarterback. Overall, if the Dolphins made a trade for Rosen, it would not be anything crazy, but at least it would be something. 

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