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Between Kyler Murray and Josh Rosen, the Redskins' 2019 QB plans could hinge on the Cardinals

Between Kyler Murray and Josh Rosen, the Redskins' 2019 QB plans could hinge on the Cardinals

The Redskins need to add quarterbacks to their roster, which Jay Gruden and Doug Williams admitted during media sessions at the NFL Scouting Combine last week in Indianapolis. 

That’s not news. 

What is news, and what will continue to develop, is that the Redskins' next passer could hinge on what the Cardinals decide to do at the top of the draft.

Arizona holds the first pick this April, and some reports show that new head coach Kliff Kingsbury has called selecting University of Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray a “done deal.” If that happens, the Cardinals will definitely want to trade their current QB, 2018 first-round pick Josh Rosen. 

Life comes at you fast in the NFL. 

Last year, the Cards traded up in the first round to take Rosen with the 10th overall pick. Considered by some to be the best passer in a loaded 2018 quarterback draft class, Rosen underwhelmed in the desert last season. He threw 14 interceptions against 11 touchdowns and completed just 55 percent of his passes in 13 starts. 

It was ugly, and the team was awful.

But multiple scouts at the 2019 combine told NBC Sports Washington that Rosen would rank very favorably in this year’s QB draft class, and one described Rosen with “crazy arm talent.”

So, if Arizona takes Murray, could Washington trade for Rosen?

Absolutely. 

The Redskins are quite interested in Rosen, particularly because he has at least three years left on his rookie contract. The salaries are low and the potential is high.

Compensation will likely determine if a trade happens. The talk after Rosen’s disappointing rookie year is that he might only cost a third-round pick. 

If so, Washington should pick the phone up ASAP. The team has two picks in the third round, including one as compensation from losing Kirk Cousins to free agency. It would be peak irony if the Redskins get a new QB of the future earned from letting their last QB of the future walk away. 

Even at a second-round pick, Rosen might be worth the cost. The 15th selection, Washington’s first-round choice, might be too pricey for a team with numerous holes to fill. Don’t forget either, maybe the Redskins can do a player-for-player trade to gain Rosen. 

There’s also a much wilder scenario if Arizona doesn’t take Murray. 

The Redskins brass made little attempt to hide their fondness for the 2018 Heisman winner. Gruden said Murray would make an "excellent quarterback" and Williams compared him to Russell Wilson.

Some league sources believe that Washington would try a big move into the Top 5 to select Murray if the Cardinals don’t take him at No. 1. 

That would likely require a swap of first-round picks along with a Pro Bowl caliber player and likely more compensation later in the draft. Along with four picks inside the Top 100, the Redskins have multiple picks in the third and fifth rounds.

Of the first five teams selecting in this year’s draft, only the 49ers at No. 2 and the Jets at No. 3 definitely won't take a quarterback. And based on the dynamic between San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan and the Redskins organization, don’t expect any mutually beneficial trades between the two clubs. 

That leaves the Jets, a team with lots of salary cap room and holes all over the field, as the most likely trade partner for Bruce Allen if he decides the Redskins need to move way up. 

It’s unlikely, but it’s not crazy.

Acquiring Rosen seems much more plausible, but the ‘Skins would be wise to remember he will have other suitors. 

For Rosen, especially if the trade compensation doesn’t get into the first round, teams with veteran QBs nearing the end of their careers might get involved, too. The Giants, the Chargers and the Patriots could all make sense with the idea that Rosen could sit for a year and learn behind Eli Manning, Philip Rivers or Tom Brady, respectively.

Rosen could also be a target in Miami, Cincinnati or Jacksonville, assuming the Jags don’t sign Nick Foles. 

The Redskins need a quarterback. The Cardinals seem very likely to have a quarterback conundrum. Maybe things can be worked out to the benefit of both sides. 

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Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury admits his iconic draft photo was staged

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury admits his iconic draft photo was staged

Of all the moments that arose from the one-of-a-kind 2020 NFL Draft, the view inside Kliff Kingsbury’s house was easily the most memorable.

The Arizona Cardinals' head coach was pictured on draft night in an iconic photo at his insanely beautiful house, which quickly went viral. However, in a pre-camp interview on Wednesday, Kingsbury admitted that the photo was indeed staged.

"Going into it I knew I was going to be super extra in the picture," Kingsbury said. "I do think the fire –– it was 100 degrees and sunny –– was a bit much, but I laid four phones on the table because the NFL gave us a couple...all the screens, I just wanted to make it as extra as possible and it turned out good. It made for fun."

The photo featured Kingsbury lounging on his couch during the draft with four cell phones, a laptop and two computer screens on the table in front of him, which he later claimed he had “just in case” something went technologically wrong. The viral picture also showed a view of the coach’s backyard with a huge outdoor kitchen, firepit in the middle and stunning view of the mountains in the background.

While the photo was staged, his house is completely real. Kingsbury purchased the 7,000 square-foot house in Paradise Valley, Ariz. for $4.45 million in 2019 after joining the Cardinals. 

If he ever has to take part in a virtual draft again, Kingsbury has ideas for the next go-around. 

"The NFL only allowed us to have one person at the house or I might've had some people on the float swans in the back, or a DJ, really doing it big. There's always next year, hopefully."

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Twitter goes crazy for Washington Football Team's new helmet decals

Twitter goes crazy for Washington Football Team's new helmet decals

The Washington Football team on Wednesday released an up close and personal look of all angles of their new helmets set to debut this season, and let’s just say they received the stamp of approval by many.

We’re not the only ones that stan a classic, crisp, clean look of the burgundy and gold. Big time D.C. sports fan and rapper Wale retweeted the reveal with the caption “We love to see”, confirmation that the award-winning singer is on board with the new vision. Dale Earnhardt Jr. also kept his reaction short and sweet with a GIF, followed by a “they look amazing” tweet.

On the other hand, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reacted by providing us with some bold predictions for the upcoming season. Ready for these hot takes? Florio’s first prediction is that “if Washington makes the playoffs in 2020, they'll remain the 'Washington Football Team' for at least two more years.” His second prediction reads “if they somehow make it to the Super Bowl (stranger things have happened), 'Washington Football Team' will become the new name.”

We don’t plan on ruling out any possibilities, but just know we have this one bookmarked. 

 

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