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The Josh Rosen to Chargers rumors simply will not go away

CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Quarterback Josh Rosen #3 of the Arizona Cardinals makes a pass in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Quarterback Josh Rosen #3 of the Arizona Cardinals makes a pass in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen recently called the rumors surrounding a potential trade involving him “annoying”. There are likely many fans who share that sentiment.

Each day there is a new rumor involving Rosen possibly being traded by the Cardinals if the team selects Kyler Murray with the No.1 overall pick, which most expect them to do. The team that seems connected to many of those rumors is the Los Angeles Chargers.

It makes sense why the rumor keeps coming up. Rosen is from California and played collegiately at UCLA. He could come into a situation where he wouldn’t have to live up to the pressure of turning a franchise around right away and could sit and learn behind Philip Rivers, much in the same way Aaron Rodgers did in Green Bay.

I made many of these points when I pitched this idea nearly two months ago.

Though many Chargers fans likely aren’t in love with the idea of trading for Rosen, ESPN’s Adam Schefter considers them one of three teams in the running to acquire him.

On Schefter’s podcast this morning, Redskins were not mentioned in the running for Josh Rosen. He said Giants, Dolphins and Chargers as front runners.

— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) April 22, 2019

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Signing Tyrod Taylor as a free agent made the move somewhat unlikely, but not impossible. And if we’re honest, what is there to “hate” about this trade idea? For much of the pre-draft process last year, Rosen was considered the No.1 overall pick in the draft. He has played exactly one season in the league and he just turned 22 years old.

Sure, he had a bad rookie season. But that was also as part of the worst team in the league led by a coach who was fired after his only season coaching the team. The Cardinals were bad last year, but that was for many, many other reasons than Rosen.

So if the Chargers were to give the thumbs up to this trade, unlikely as it may be, it would be far from a doomsday scenario. The team still has Rivers and would still have Taylor. Rosen would be a guy who could take the reigns years down the road.

And that could be a far better scenario than most any other idea out there.

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