The Rosen release from every angle
Dolphin Digest|October 2020
The Miami Dolphins’ decision to make quarterback Josh Rosen one of their cuts when they got down to the 53-player limit signified the end of an unfortunate chapter that began and ended in controversial moves.

In the end, one could question why the Dolphins were in such a hurry to waive Rosen just 17 months after giving up second- and fifth-round picks to acquire him in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals.

After Rosen went unclaimed off waivers, the Dolphins still found themselves on the hook for his guaranteed salary over the next two seasons, though the nearly $5 million in dead space will only apply to 2020.

This tells you the Dolphins really wanted to move on from Rosen because his departure left them with two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, which might be a dicey proposition this season given all the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

While there were no preseason games to gauge any improvement Rosen might have made, what we saw in 2019 clearly was problematic in terms of his decision-making and processing time in the pocket, which left him holding the ball for too long far too many times.

While it’s well documented that Rosen constantly has had to deal with new offensive coordinators, his ability to read defenses, see the field and make quick decisions in the pocket should be a lot further along.

We’re also at the point where we have to wonder whether he'll ever be good enough in that department to be a productive NFL quarterback.

He certainly wasn’t that in his short time with the Dolphins, nor was he that in his one season with the Cardinals.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers think Rosen eventually will figure it out, which is why they signed him to their practice squad.

YES, IT WAS A WORTHWHILE TRADE

That, of course, brings up the matter of trading two draft picks to get him in the first place.

It's certainly easy to look back and play the results and say it was a terrible trade.

The flip side, though, is that the Dolphins have been quarterback-deficient for so long, it's really difficult to knock them for taking a shot — no matter how far off the mark it turned out to be.

What’s fair to question is whether the Dolphins needed to pay that kind of price or whether they should have held out and made the Cardinals lower the asking price.

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