Josh Rosen to New York Giants is possible, but not for OBJ

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 23: Josh Rosen #3 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up for the NFL game against the Los Angeles Rams at State Farm Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 23: Josh Rosen #3 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up for the NFL game against the Los Angeles Rams at State Farm Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

The potential of Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray declaring for the NFL Draft has a definite ripple effect for the New York Giants.

Because of his omni-present commitment to baseball, it remains unlikely that the New York Giants would be interested in the former Oklahoma star. Playing quarterback for Big Blue is a 12-month a year job. The team’s brass remains ensconced with old-school types like John Mara, Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur.

To be fair, it probably doesn’t make sense for Kyler Murray to ply one of his two high-profile professions in the world’s largest media market.

But folks have already speculated that Murray’s ties to new Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury have put incumbent quarterback Josh Rosen on thin ice in the desert. And we haven’t even reached the football’s dead season in February.

With Murray in the fold, the Cards would no longer need last season’s No. 10 overall pick. It all makes complete sense.

Essentially by firing first-year head coach Steve Wilks, Arizona admitted a big mistake. There had to be a major level of dysfunction going on in Glendale for this level of immediate about-face.

Surely, some of that dysfunction spilled over to the quarterback position.

Therefore, while Rosen’s statistics have to be taken with a grain of salt, it also makes no sense for the New York Giants to trade their 2019 No. 6 selection for last year’s No. 10 pick. The blathering heads on ESPN got involved and think trading Odell Beckham to the Cards for Rosen somehow makes sense.

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Adam Schefter of ESPN upped the ante by suggesting the Cardinals would need more than OBJ to pull the trigger on a deal. He believes that OBJ’s contract somehow devalues the talented receiver.

First, it is true that Beckham was secured by the New York Giants with a high-priced contract. But a closer look shows that it’s a reasonable pact within the receivers’ position group. Sorry folks, you will find no shortage of suitors for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Antonio Brown this offseason, since he’s on the trade block. And he’s currently the second-highest paid wideout on the list.

Conversely, if the G-Men tried to trade tackle Nate Solder or linebacker Alec Ogletree, well the contract would be an impediment.

Let’s get that straight.

Never shy for words, general manager Dave Gettleman weighed in on recent events regarding the draft and the quarterback position. Clearly, the New York Giants should be pursuing all avenues to bolster the quarterback position, and if Rosen becomes available, the G-Men should be interested.

But what about Gettleman passing on Rosen at the 2018 NFL Draft?

According to NJ Advance Media:

"“Us taking Saquon was not a referendum on the quarterbacks. It was a referendum on Saquon – on the player he is, and on the person he is. If I was in that situation 100 times, I’d draft him 100 times.”"

Fair enough, but Gettleman has more inconsistencies to explain this side of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Upon drafting Barkley last year, Gettleman specifically indicated that he was not enamored of the 2018 quarterback class.

Back then, the general manager said, per Yahoo Sports:

"“[Not drafting a quarterback] tells you your answer right now. If you have to try to make yourself fall in love with a player, it’s wrong. You will never be happy with the pick.”"

These words by Gettleman specifically apply to Sam Darnold, who was ripe for the taking at No. 2 overall in 2018. But they also apply to Josh Allen, Josh Rosen and even Lamar Jackson, all first-round selections in the 2018 NFL Draft.

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Hopefully, Gettleman figures out something at QB, while not giving short shrift, again, to the squad’s defense. A defense that in his own words, was the biggest fundamental problem for the franchise in 2018 for the New York Giants.