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NFL Rumors: Are the Redskins really the frontrunner to trade for QB Josh Rosen?

It’s lying season

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The NFL draft is less than 3 weeks away, and everyone is lying. Speculation has been running rampant that the Cardinals, with new head coach Kliff Kingsbury, want to take Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray with the #1 overall pick. This becomes an issue for the team, because they just traded a 3rd and 5th round pick to move up 5 spots in the 1st round of last year’s draft to take QB Josh Rosen.

We have heard all the rumors about what Arizona plans to do if this happens. They are reportedly looking to get a 1st round pick, unless they’re actually not planning on taking Murray. Teams aren’t that interested, unless multiple teams have already offered 2nd round picks.

The Redskins lost two QBs to broken legs last year, and Alex Smith might never return to the field. Colt McCoy is still recovering, but should be ready for the offseason programs. Washington traded for Case Keenum, but none of these QBs are a long-term solution.

We’ve already covered the rumor that the Redskins were openly discussing trading for Rosen at the Combine. They have also been linked to every top QB, and almost every mid-tier QB in this year’s draft. The consensus is that they’re going to add a young QB this year, despite what Bruce Allen says. The Redskins hold #15 overall, a 2nd, and two 3rd round picks. Speculation has it taking at least a 2nd this year, and a mid round pick next year to acquire Rosen. But everything can change depending on how many teams are bidding(and if the Cardinals really want to move him).

Here are some of the latest Josh Rosen rumors.

The Cardinals aren’t a lock to pick Kyler Murray #1:

“I’m starting to get more and more feeling from around people in the know that I don’t think it’s going to be Murray No. 1 overall,” Prisco said.

Essentially, the Cardinals know they can’t get a ton of value for Rosen and are not entirely sure that landing Murray will immediately guarantee success for them on the field. In fact, Prisco hears it was primarily an ownership push that caused the Murray-to-the-Cards rumors to really pop up in heated fashion. The belief is Murray could be for the Cardinals what Baker Mayfield was for the Browns, an injection of life into a currently moribund franchise, a guy who can crank up ticket sales and get people excited about the upcoming season.

According to Prisco, the feedback received with the trial balloon wasn’t that great, which could have the Cardinals going in a different direction with their top pick.

The Cardinals aren’t shopping Rosen, and he will report to Arizona’s workouts on Monday:

The Cardinals have received two offers, but are holding out for a 1st round pick:

Todd McShay says the Redskins are the most likely team to trade for Rosen:

Benjamin Allbright also thinks Rosen to Washington is most likely:

The Cardinals could keep Rosen even if they draft Murray:

The Redskins are still in on a Josh Rosen trade: