Report: Washington executive ‘chuckled’ at Cardinals’ asking price for Josh Rosen
The Josh Rosen trade situation wasn’t handled well by the Arizona Cardinals. They lost leverage, and the Washington Redskins reportedly laughed off their asking price.
The availability of Josh Rosen through trade was one of the worst-kept secrets in the NFL. While the Cardinals needlessly attempted to smokescreen every team in the league to try and drive up Rosen’s price, they ended up losing leverage by trading him after drafting Kyler Murray. Ultimately, the team only got the 62nd overall pick in exchange for Rosen. They turned that selection into UMass wide receiver Andy Isabella.
However, that haul was not for lack of trying. The Cardinals apparently spoke to other teams across the league and the Redskins eventually got wind of the trade offer. And, their reaction to it was priceless.
In a recent story by Sports Illustrated’s Robert Klemko, it was revealed that the Washington Redskins laughed off the Cardinals’ asking price. Here’s the full quote from the story.
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"[Cardinals GM Steve] Keim’s actions spoke louder. He wanted a first-round pick, and might be willing to settle for a second-rounder. A Washington executive, upon hearing that price, chuckled over the phone: “That’s really bold for someone who just took a QB.”"
Whichever Washington executive this was definitely was correct. This asking price had seemed possible for Rosen, but once the Cardinals selected Murray, their leverage was gone. And they grew even weaker once the Giants and Redskins selected quarterbacks, so that’s how they ultimately landed Miami’s second-round pick in exchange for their former top-10 player.
This report seemingly indicates that the ‘Skins would have had interest in Rosen at the right price. And that is sensible. After all, some viewed him as one of the best quarterbacks in last year’s draft. Though there are some perceived issues with his personality, his teammates and coaches have spoken glowingly of him. If he can show improvement in his second year, he could end up being a steal for the Dolphins.
Washington laughing off the asking price for Rosen is an amusing anecdote from this offseason. For all the flak that the team’s front office catches, they did do a nice job in the draft, landing a handful of quality players that could help them out. And not outbidding themselves for the services of Rosen was certainly a smart move, as they could have gotten him for their second-round pick had they not selected Dwayne Haskins in the first round.