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Monday, November 18, 2019

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Report: Cardinals willing to have both Josh Rosen and Kyler Murray on roster

Josh Rosen

The Arizona Cardinals do not appear to be anywhere close to trading Josh Rosen as rumors continue to swirl that they will draft Kyler Murray, but one thing does not necessarily need to happen in order for the other to take place.

On NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” Tuesday morning, Peter Schrager reported that several sources have told him “there will be no discount price” on Rosen — regardless of whether or not the Cardinals draft Murray No. 1 overall.

“They are looking for a premium pick, first- or second-round, and if those calls don’t come, Josh Rosen’s a big boy and Kyler Murray’s a big boy,” Schrager said. “Let’s roll out the ball and play.”

From both a financial and football standpoint, having Rosen and Murray on the roster would be a great situation for the Cardinals. That would give them two top-10 draft picks on their roster still playing under their rookie contracts, but the question is whether or not it would lead to too much drama.

Rosen was Arizona’s starter last year, and he obviously wants to continue starting going forward. If the Cardinals draft Murray, they’re essentially telling Rosen they intend to replace him.

We have already heard of several teams that are interested in trading for Rosen, but the Cardinals are doing everything they can to avoid seeming desperate. How long they can keep that up remains to be seen.

Kliff Kingsbury has reportedly been impressed with Josh Rosen in workouts

Josh Rosen

The Arizona Cardinals continue to insist they have not decided what to do with the top overall pick in the NFL Draft this week, and Josh Rosen could be making things more difficult for new head coach Kliff Kingsbury.

The Cardinals will hold a veteran minicamp this week, and Rosen will be in attendance as he has been for the rest of the offseason program. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Kingsbury has been impressed with what he has seen from the 22-year-old quarterback thus far.

There is a wide-ranging assumption that the Cardinals are planning to take Kyler Murray at No. 1 overall, and that may still be the case. While Rapoport also reported on Monday that Arizona’s brass will meet this week to discuss plans for the top pick, the team could be leaking all of this information in an attempt to drive up Rosen’s trade value.

At this point, we may have to wait until the Cardinals actually announce the pick to know what they are doing. There seem to be at least a handful of teams that are interested in trading for Rosen, but he’s not going anywhere if the Cards draft a player other than Murray.

Report: Cardinals truly have not finalized decision for No. 1 pick

Kyler Murray

The Arizona Cardinals have done everything they can to create the impression that they have not decided whether to take Kyler Murray or another player with the top overall pick in the NFL Draft, and they may actually be telling the truth.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on Monday that Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, head coach Kliff Kingsbury and owner Michael Bidwill plan to meet in the coming days to go over their options for the No. 1 pick. They have also received inquiries from teams interested in trading up to their spot.

It has been widely reported that the Cardinals are set on drafting Murray, but Keim said last week that no decision has been made and the media must know more than he does about his own team. If what Rapoport was told is accurate, Keim was not lying.

The Cardinals could still decide that Josh Rosen is a good fit for Kingsbury’s system, and Kingsbury has done nothing but praise the team’s 2018 first-round pick. We know of at least one team that might look to move up for Murray, so perhaps Arizona will be presented with an offer it can’t refuse.

Cardinals the only team that is high on Kyler Murray?

Kyler Murray

Kyler Murray is still widely expected to be taken by the Arizona Cardinals with the top overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, but one analyst believes the Heisman Trophy winner could be in big trouble if the team decides to go in another direction.

CBS college football analyst Aaron Taylor believes Murray is a perfect fit for Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense, but he questions whether or not he would enjoy success in another team’s system. Because of that, Taylor said this week that he would not be surprised if Murray falls out of the first round if the Cardinals pass on him.

“You cannot deny the perfect match of offensive philosophy, style and skillset,” he said. “If Arizona doesn’t take Murray, he could possibly fall all the way out of the first round.”

Of course, that is just one person’s opinion. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report wrote in his “10-Point Stance” column this week that all signs still point the Cardinals drafting Murray, but he said most people would not be surprised if the Oakland Raiders made a “big move up” in the first round for Murray. That would seemingly indicate that Arizona is not the only team that believes in the former Oklahoma star.

Murray turned down more money than we initially realized when he decided to pursue a career in the NFL over playing for the Oakland A’s, so he must be fairly confident he’s going to be a first-round pick. As long as the Cardinals want him, nothing else really matters.

Cardinals GM says team has not decided on No. 1 pick

Arizona Cardinals

The NFL Draft begins in a little over a week, and the Arizona Cardinals say they still have not decided on the top pick.

The Cardinals have been on the clock for months as the team picking first overall. There are many people who believe they are going to take Kyler Murray, but general manager Steve Keim told reporters on Tuesday that the team is still evaluating options and has not made a decision.

It should be noted that the Cardinals have plenty of incentive to keep their intentions close to the vest. If they are planning to draft Murray, that likely means they are going to trade Josh Rosen. They could be trying to keep Rosen’s trade value intact as long as possible by insisting they are unsure what they will do with the No. 1 pick, or they could truly be torn.

One analyst said this week that he is starting to feel much less confident that the Cardinals will take Murray. We know Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury loves Murray, but he has also had very high praise for Rosen recently. Only one of the two can be his starting quarterback going into 2019.

Cardinals becoming less likely to draft Kyler Murray?

Kyler Murray

The idea of the Arizona Cardinals taking any player other than Kyler Murray with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft has seemed farfetched for the majority of the offseason, but there are at least some people who believe it is becoming closer to a reality.

NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah tweeted on Monday that he was 90 percent confident two weeks ago that the Cardinals would draft Murray. That confidence has dramatically decreased since.

Why the change? Jeremiah says he doesn’t understand why Murray would be visiting with so many teams if he already has a handshake agreement — or close to it — in place with the Cardinals.

Murray took official visits last week with the New York Giants, who have the No. 6 overall pick, and Washington Redskins, who are scheduled to pick at No. 15. Washington would almost certainly have to trade up to draft Murray, but the fact that the Heisman Trophy winner took a visit with them indicates he feels there is at least a chance he won’t wind up in Arizona.

It’s possible Murray is just keeping all of his options open, and the Cardinals could be hesitant to give him a commitment because they want to protect the trade value of Josh Rosen, who is said to be drawing interest from multiple teams.

Report: Cardinals could keep Josh Rosen after drafting Kyler Murray

Josh Rosen

The Arizona Cardinals are likely going to trade Josh Rosen at some point if they decide to draft Kyler Murray, but they are not necessarily in a rush to make that move.

While many have assumed the Cardinals would prefer to trade Rosen before their offseason conditioning program begins next week, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that they do not consider that any type of deadline. In fact, they may keep Rosen through the draft even if they do take Murray.

Rapoport added that the Cardinals are intent on not giving Rosen away for pennies on the dollar, and they actually think he is better than the other quarterbacks in this year’s draft outside of Murray. He says it would take a “very, very good offer” for them to trade Rosen.

While having both Murray and Rosen on the roster would be no issue financially, Rosen almost certainly would want out if the Cardinals draft the reining Heisman Trophy winner. It would make sense for them to make a trade before the draft so they can acquire a pick in 2019, and it sounds like Arizona has already gotten at least one respectable offer for Rosen. If Kliff Kingsbury wants Murray to be his starter in 2019, trading Rosen prior to the draft would be the quickest way to improve the team.