Josh Rosen’s tenure with the Arizona Cardinals came to an abrupt end on Friday evening. After the Cardinals used the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft on Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray on Thursday, Rosen was traded to the Miami Dolphins for a second-round selection in the draft. It marked the end of a bizarre saga in the dessert, as Murray shot up the team’s draft board upon hiring former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury to replace the fired Steve Wilks.
Rosen didn’t exactly light the world on fire as a Cardinal, but even though there was a coaching change and Murray fits Kingsbury’s high-powered system really well, cutting bait on a talented quarterback after one year is a bit unconventional. One day after the trade, Rosen broke his silence, recording a video and posting it to his Twitter account.
“I know we didn’t win as many games as we all would have hoped, but I had an unbelievable time in the dessert,” Rosen said. “Unfortunately, my time here is coming to an end, but you guys are really getting a hell of a player in Kyler Murray, and he’s gonna do great things for the Red Sea.”
Rosen went onto congratulate Murray on getting drafted, called Arizona “a really special place,” thanked and wished the Cardinals the best of luck, and addressed his new home city.
“Miami, I couldn’t be more excited to become a Dolphin,” Rosen said. “I’m ready to attack this new chapter in my life and give you guys everything I have each and every day. My bags are packed, and I’m on a flight first thing tomorrow morning, so get ready South Florida, and go Phins.”
He ended the video by telling Murray that he knows of some new real estate on the market in Arizona, and that if he wants, he can get the former Sooner “a pretty good deal.” Regardless of the circumstances under which the two sides parted ways, this is a classy move by Rosen on his way out of town.