Nearly one month ago, the Arizona Cardinals made former Oklahoma star Kyler Murray the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft.
The move immediately called Josh Rosen’s future with the team into question. Just one day later, the Cardinals made his future official by shipping him to the Miami Dolphins for a late second-round pick.
On Tuesday, Rosen revealed what new Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said to him just minutes before the team drafted Kyler.
According to Rosen, the conversation went like this:
Kliff Kingsbury: “Hey so we’re about to draft Kyler…I don’t really know what happens now.”
Josh Rosen tells us he got a call from Kliff Kingsbury one minute before the Cardinals drafted Kyler Murray saying they were drafting the Heisman Trophy winner.
Said it went like this from KK: "Hey, so we're about to draft Kyler… I don't really know what happens now."
— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) May 14, 2019
It’s not exactly what Rosen would hope to hear in that situation. Kingsbury clearly knew what the next step in the process was after drafting the reigning Heisman Trophy-winner: trade Josh Rosen.
Arizona didn’t draft Kyler to have him compete for the starting role with the former No. 10 overall pick from the 2018 draft.
Kingsbury’s alleged comments to Rosen are a cop-out at best.
Regardless, both teams – Miami and Arizona – will get a fresh start with new starting quarterbacks under center. Rosen will have to compete with NFL veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, but is in line for a key role.
Meanwhile, Murray will lead the Cardinals onto the field in 2019.