Should the Green Bay Packers look at Josh Rosen as a possible future successor in Packers News?
The rumors have been swirling this offseason surrounding the Arizona Cardinals. With the possibility of them taking Kyler Murray first overall, the Josh Rosen trade rumors are hot. Plenty of teams are ready to line up as suitors, and one of those teams should be the Green Bay Packers.
Now, before Packers fans go insane, there’s plenty to back up at least inquiring about the soon-to-be second-year quarterback. For one, a report by Peter King of Pro Football Talk has heard that the Cardinals could ask for as little as a third-round pick for Rosen.
If there is even an ounce of truth to this, the Packers, and other teams, should break down the door. Rosen has the talent to be a franchise quarterback, and trading a third-round pick for that potential is a no-brainer.
While the capital won’t be much, the idea of having a potential franchise quarterback in their back pocket will scare Packers fans. Like Brett Favre before him, Aaron Rodgers has earned the right to ride out his years with Green Bay. Rodgers has talked about playing into his 40s, which would mean he’s got about five years or so remaining.
Here’s where things get interesting. The Packers could get out of Rodgers’ contract in 2022, paying $11.5 million in dead cap money, according to Spotrac. It’s a hefty price, but that’s exactly when Rosen’s fourth-year in the league ends. The 2022 season provides that chance for the Packers to transition to Rosen if they feel he is ready.
Is this little piece going to ruffle feathers? Absolutely. But, the NFL is a business, and if you find a young franchise quarterback, you have to find a way to keep him, even if that means moving on from a legend who deserves a ton of praise for his efforts in Green Bay, especially bringing a championship home. A third-round pick for a potential franchise quarterback is a near fantasy.
There’s no guarantee the Packers will even inquire about Rosen at this point, but at the very least, they should.