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Could QB Rosen be on trading block next year?

Touchdown Wire logo Touchdown Wire 6/8/2019 Michael Colangelo
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Look, I get it, it's minicamp, but reports out of Miami make it seem like Ryan Fitzpatrick is outplaying Josh Rosen. That's not great for the former first rounder who is already somehow looking to rebuild his career one year into his NFL journey. This may be a good situation for Rosen. If Fitzpatrick starts the first few games and pulls a typical Fitzpatrick he will have a good first two games and then implode because he takes too many chances. Rosen will then take over and hopefully play better than Fitzpatrick. The problem is that by the time the switch is made, the Dolphins may be on their way to the worst record in the NFL. If that happens, don't the Dolphins have to draft Tua Tagovailoa?

That would put Rosen right back on the trading block. There is no amount of schadenfreude that could make that situation a good thing. It would be sad. The Dolphins couldn't keep Rosen around if they drafted Tua with the first pick. They'd have to start Tua right away or play a veteran like Fitzpatrick. They wouldn't derive any value from spot-starting Rosen. If Rosen played well, they couldn't turn the team over to Tua without risking taking a step back. If Rosen didn't play well, then the Dolphins would have wasted a second-round pick by killing Rosen's trade value. It's all very simple.

Of course, the Dolphins could trade the first overall pick if they finish with the worst record in 2019. Some team will fall in love with Tua and will be willing to give up all the draft picks to take him in the 2020 NFL Draft. The problem lies in that's a tough sell to the Miami fanbase. Tua is a stud. He's won a national championship and played in another. He put up some crazy numbers in his short college career. Teams don't pass on transcendent talents and if the Dolphins finish with only a few wins with Rosen at the helm, it will be pretty obvious that Rosen isn't that.

It's sad to think about. Rosen is good, but he could be put in a situation where he's been traded twice in the first two years. It's possible.

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