Report: Cardinals QB Josh Rosen showed up to work early
You know what they say: Early is on time, and on time is late.
Second-year Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen apparently knows that rule, because NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Rosen, who has been named in trade speculation this offseason, was the first player in the building Monday as offseason workouts began for Arizona.
He was the first in the building as a rookie to! Great Guy and player!
— Markus Golden (@markusgolden) April 8, 2019
Maybe this bit of non-news means the Cardinals will let Rosen lead the 2019 Cardinals under first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury. Remember, as of January, Kingsbury took the job thinking 2019 draft prospect Kyler Murray was about to embark on a baseball career — the coach’s main task then was to develop Rosen, last year’s No. 10 overall pick.
Things have obviously changed since.
Now with Murray in the NFL Draft pool, maybe Arizona is making Rosen’s attendance well-known to portray Rosen as a team player and leader. Make him look good and they can trade him while drafting Murray, the Oklahoma quarterback prospect, with the No. 1 pick.
Nobody can really say. Cardinals general manager Steve Keim might not even have come to a firm conclusion about what to do at this point. A mind-boggling offer for either Rosen or the No. 1 pick could always change their mind.
Hate this media-driven story all you’d like, but give Keim and the Cardinals credit for allowing it to create confusion about their plans.
Everyone has assumed Arizona will take Murray in the draft without any evidence the team is set on him. The only thing anyone has to go on is that the Cardinals have met with Murray and, according to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro, will host him this week.
As it stands, they aren’t showing indications of shopping Rosen, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported last week.
Arizona has also met with and hosted draft prospects in Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa and Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, making the case that they are in the mix to come off the board at No. 1, too. Will all these potential avenues create a favorable trade offer for the No. 1 pick on draft day?
It doesn’t hurt.
What’s Rosen showing up early to work mean?
Hardly much. Or maybe everything.
The #AZCardinals offseason conditioning program begins today, and not only is QB Josh Rosen in the building… he was the first guy in the building for new coach Kliff Kingsbury.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 8, 2019
He must be there packing his stuff up since this guy is coming in in a couple weeks…. pic.twitter.com/vcPaIpvvZz
— JaiHawkFLY (@JaiHawkFly) April 8, 2019
Lol no need Josh, they are replacing ya
— Kendall Jacobs (@ItsJakesYO) April 8, 2019
Nick bosa incoming
— Felix gebert (@gebert_felix) April 8, 2019
— Landon Collins SZN (@PrimeRedskins) April 8, 2019
But did he beat the janitor there?
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) April 8, 2019
— Terrek (@Terrek11) April 8, 2019
— Nick Thunborg (@nick_thunborg) April 8, 2019
Kliff was probably like “Nice to see you Josh” pic.twitter.com/PQvzcOF09m
— The Opening Drive (@OpeningDrive) April 8, 2019
Auditioning for his new team
— George-Harrison (@GHMcHugh) April 8, 2019
They just need to tell him whether they’re taking Kyler or not. Do him the courtesy, he’s been extremely professional during this entire process and if they let him risk injury when they have no intention of keeping him that’s just… not a good look.
— Brandon Howard (@RocTheJetsFan) April 8, 2019
Way too many people are way too convinced that Arizona is going to take Murray and that Rosen will be traded. As of now, he is the starting QB for that team. I would expect him to arrive early.
— Brian (@Brian_FFL) April 8, 2019
Josh walking in after last season like.. pic.twitter.com/uwNZk7EdsQ
— Mr Dj (@hiphopizmylfe) April 8, 2019
He’s the QB, he’s supposed to be
— Max Linn (@to_the____MAX) April 8, 2019
Had to get there early to clean out his locker
— Larry Cuppy (@lcuppy) April 8, 2019
— Redskins France (@FranceRedskins) April 8, 2019
This is awkward
— Ray Duran Jr (@ray_duranjr) April 8, 2019