Maybe don't check his Twitter and Instagram lists of follows just yet, but it sounds like spurned Arizona Cardinals QB Josh Rosen will be taking his talents to South Beach this fall.
The Cardinals — who became only the second team since the NFL merger to draft quarterbacks in the top 10 in consecutive years when they made Kyler Murray the No. 1 overall selection Thursday night — are closing in on a deal with the Dolphins to send Rosen to Miami in exchange for the 48th overall selection Friday night, Pro Football Talk reports.
Rosen was busy whipping the internet into a frenzy earlier Friday when he broke off his one-and-done marriage with the Cardinals on Twitter and Instagram. It essentially served as confirmation (in case anyone actually needed it) that the relationship wouldn't be salvaged after the Cardinals spent the offseason lying about their QB plan with Rosen as the figurehead.
When this deal is officially consummated, the new Dolphins era will begin with the 10th overall selection in the 2018 draft at a cost of roughly $6.3 million combined over the next three seasons. By contrast, the Cardinals will absorb a dead cap hit north of $8 million.
In short, we love the decision by Dolphins emboldened GM Chris Grier and new HC Brian Flores. Rosen should be an outstanding fit in the timing-based quick game new OC Chad O'Shea brings to Miami from Foxboro. If Rosen doesn't pan out, the Dolphins are out a second-round pick, but that's a small price to pay, especially relative to the three teams that selected first-round quarterbacks Thursday night with fully guaranteed contracts. Remember, the Dolphins are loaded in 2020 cap space and draft capital that can be used to build the proper support structure around Rosen that he never received in the desert.
Don't look now but it could really be the start of a new era of smart decision-making for a Dolphins organization not used to that sort of thing in recent years. Conversely, the Cardinals are the new poster boys for mismanaging QB assets, sending off Rosen for a mid-second-rounder exactly one year after spending the 10th overall pick, plus third- and fifth-rounders to move up and acquire him.
What's the old adage, if you hit on a quarterback, no one remembers what it costs? That might be true, but if Arizona misses on Murray, it'll be impossible to forget how they've handled this situation, and if Rosen becomes the star Dolphins fans have waited for since the Dan Marino days, he and Grier will never have to buy a drink on South Beach again.