In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, the New England Patriots still are searching for Tom Brady’s heir after they traded Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers during the 2017 season.
But is there a chance they could swing a deal for their franchise signal-caller of the future this offseason? Former NFL tight end and ESPN college football analyst Anthony Becht floated a scenario Thursday that might seem a little crazy … so crazy it just might work.
So, let’s start with Rosen. The UCLA product reportedly drew interest from the Patriots during the pre-draft process, but New England was unable to move into the upper part of the draft to select him. In his first season with the Cardinals, Rosen struggled mightily, completing just 55.2 percent of his passes for 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. It wasn’t all Rosen’s fault, as Arizona’s offensive line allowed him to be sacked 45 times and the Cardinals lacked the offensive weapons around him to orchestrate an effective passing attack.
The Cardinals fired Steve Wilks after going 3-13 and hired former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury as their new head coach on Wednesday. By virtue of the NFL’s worst record, Kingsbury and the Cardinals will be on the clock first when the 2019 NFL Draft begins. Surely Kingsbury wouldn’t trade his franchise quarterback, would he?
Enter the third piece of the puzzle: Kyler Murray.