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3 NFL Teams That Should Give Josh Rosen Another Chance

Devon Platana
Three teams that should take a chance on Josh Rosen, including the Washington Football Team, New Orleans Saints and New York Giants.
Three teams that should take a chance on Josh Rosen, including the Washington Football Team, New Orleans Saints and New York Giants. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images
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It was just over three years ago that former UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen was the 10th overall selection at the 2018 NFL Draft. It looked like he would be the Arizona Cardinals' QB of the future, but an unimpressive rookie season and the drafting of Kyler Murray led to Rosen being traded to Miami.

After brief stops in Tampa Bay and San Francisco, Rosen finds himself as a free agent after the 49ers waived him this week.

While there's less than a month until the 2021 season begins and he still doesn't have a job, not all hope is lost for Rosen. He's only 24 years old and could bounce back in the next few years. With that being said, some teams should definitely consider signing him before it's too late.

Here's a look at three teams that should take a chance on Rosen.

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1. Washington Football Team

The Washington Football Team will begin the 2021 NFL season with 38-year-old Ryan Fitzpatrick as their No. 1 quarterback. Needless to say, Fitzpatrick won't be around for much longer, which is why Washington needs to consider a young option. Taylor Heinicke, 28, is slated to be the team's backup this year and hasn't looked that impressive in his limited appearance, nor has Kyle Allen, the third-stringer. Washington wants to compete for the NFC East title this season, which means the likelihood of having a high draft pick to select a QB next year is pretty low. They're better off taking a risk on a guy like Rosen and seeing what happens. After all, Ron Rivera is one of the best coaches in the league and made a past-his-prime Alex Smith look decent at times last year. Perhaps Rivera could help Rosen turn his career around.

2. New Orleans Saints

As the Drew Brees era in New Orleans ended this year, the Saints are hoping that either Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill can usher in the new quarterback era in town. Unfortunately, that's not a guarantee. Winston hasn't been a full-time quarterback since his infamous 33-touchdown/30-interception season two years ago, so there's no telling yet if he can consistently be the No. 1 guy on a winning team. Meanwhile, Hill is a better gadget player than he is a signal-caller, plus he's already 30 years old and is set to have his contract voided after the 2021 season. In other words, the Saints could be looking for a No. 1 QB again after the season is over, so they may as well take a flyer on Rosen. Like Rivera, Sean Payton is a great coach for a young quarterback to work with, especially for one who was once touted as having a high upside. New Orleans already has Ian Book and Trevor Siemian on their depth chart, but neither bring the upside that Rosen has.

3. New York Giants

After an impressive rookie campaign in 2019, New York Giants QB Daniel Jones struggled last year, as proven by his 11 touchdowns to 10 interceptions and 11 fumbles in 14 games. Jones hasn't looked great in training camp either, so the Giants could seriously consider a different option under center if he can't play like a true starter. The only issue there is that New York's only other QB options on the roster are 31-year-old Mike Glennon, 2020 undrafted free agent Brian Lewerke and injured 2019 fifth-round pick Clayton Thorson. With those being their only options, it wouldn't hurt the Giants to bring in Rosen. If they sign him to a deal, they'll at least have someone just in case Jones fails and they don't land one of the top QBs in next year's draft. Besides, if the Giants are going to be bad in 2021, they may as well try out every option they have and see what sticks. Bringing in Rosen is a low-risk, high-reward situation.


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