Are the Los Angeles Chargers still interested in quarterback Josh Rosen?
The Chargers were reportedly one of several teams interested in Cardinals QB Josh Rosen. It was just a few days ago that ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Los Angeles was one of the front runners for landing the 2018 first-round pick (No. 10 overall).
Apparently, things have changed in a matter of 48 hours. According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, the Chargers are no longer in play for Rosen.
#Chargers source to me on if hv any interest in Josh Rosen: “There is something there but going about business as usual.” For better context, I’m told the #Chargers had some early interest, did their homework, but are moving on at the moment. “We have no idea who they’re taking.”
— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) April 25, 2019
It’s hard to find any truth in anything during draft week. Fans should take everything with a grain of salt. In the beginning, it seemed as if the Cardinals were dead set on taking Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick. Now, there are rumors Arizona might pass on Murray, which would indicate that they are sticking with Rosen.
If Murray does become a Cardinal by night’s end and Rosen is traded, I don’t see the Chargers being the team to acquire the former UCLA Bruin. I’ll be honest: The thought of Rosen becoming the heir to Philip Rivers is enticing. I believe Rosen is going to be a very good quarterback and would fit nicely in the Chargers’ system.
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After playing at an extremely high level last season, Rivers appears to have a solid two or three years left in him. However, he does turn 38 years old in December and planning for the future is never a bad thing.
That said, if the Cardinals are asking for a LOT in return for Rosen, the Chargers shouldn’t budge. And not that he’s the future, but Tyrod Taylor, who was signed to a two-year deal in the offseason, is a solid backup.
Perhaps the Chargers would be better off waiting until the 2020 NFL draft to draft a quarterback. The 2020 quarterback class is considered superior to the 2019 class. Not only that, but the Chargers are currently a Super Bowl contender, and adding another quality starter with their first-round pick in this year’s draft makes more sense.