The Miami Dolphins have released 2018 first-round NFL draft quarterback Josh Rosen after not accepting any trade offers.
The former No. 10 overall pick to the Arizona Cardinals was cut Friday ahead of the Dolphins’ (and NFL’s) 53-man roster 4 p.m. eastern deadline.
Rosen’s Looming Contract Likely Too Much for Miami
Each team must finalize its rosters today and make any necessary cuts, and Miami felt as though Rosen’s $3.7 million dollar contract running through 2022 as a third-string QB was too much.
Dolphins Send Second-Round Pick for Franchise Hopeful
The Dolphins acquired Rosen during the 2019 NFL Draft, sending their second round pick (No. 64) to the Cardinals in hopes of landing a franchise QB.
Arizona moved on from Rosen after just one year after selecting now-second-year starter Kyler Murray No. 1 overall in 2019.
Seemingly, his time in Miami mirrored his time out west, and Rosen will now have the chance to try his third team in as many years.
If Rosen clears waivers he will be able to choose his next destination when the time comes, but if he is claimed before tonight, the Dolphins will be on the hook for paying the remaining $3.7 million despite him landing elsewhere.
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Rosen Underwhelmed in Multiple Chances
Rosen was given two chances in 2019 to be Miami’s starter, but each time was replaced by veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. He lost out to begin the season after Fitzpatrick had a better training camp and preseason. When he lost his starting nod after five weeks, Rosen started week six against the Washington Redskins but was pulled after halftime in favor of Fitzpatrick who nearly led a miraculous comeback, falling just one point short. Rosen never regained the starting spot.
Rosen had just a 53.2-percent completion percentage last season, completing 58 out of 109 passes. He garnered just 567 yards on 5.2 yards per attempt and scored one touchdown compared to five interceptions.
Dolphins Rolling with Two Active QBs
After assigning QB Jake Rudock to the practice squad, Miami and head coach Brian Flores have just two QBs remaining on its roster. If needed, Rudock would be next in line if Fitzpatrick or Tagovailoa can’t go any given week.