Giants reportedly not keen on trading high pick for Josh Rosen, but why not?

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The New York Giants need a quarterback of the future. The Arizona Cardinals might have an extra young quarterback available.

When we consider possible scenarios regarding Josh Rosen — and it’s still not entirely clear less than a week before the draft if the Cardinals will draft Kyler Murray No. 1 overall, which would make Rosen expendable — one that seems like a natural fit is the Giants. They’ll need to come up with a contingency plan for a post-Eli Manning world, and Rosen was the 10th overall pick last year in a strong quarterback draft class.

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But if a trade for Rosen is going to happen between the Cardinals and Giants, the Giants reportedly aren’t willing to give up too much.

Dave Gettleman won’t say if he has talked to Cardinals

When Giants general manager Dave Gettleman was asked if he has had any conversations with the Cardinals, Gettleman wasn’t answering.

“I am not going there,” Gettleman said according to the team’s transcripts.

Ralph Vacchiano of SNY wrote a story that provided some details on the Giants’ thinking, as it pertains to Rosen. He said the team isn’t trading either of its first-round picks for Rosen. Vacchiano said the Giants “don’t seem inclined” to trade the 37th overall pick in the second round for Rosen, yet they don’t think their next pick, 95th overall, would be enough to land him.

There’s a lot about the entire Rosen/Cardinals/Murray story that is still unclear. We don’t know if the Cardinals will take Murray or trade that pick (the Giants would seem a clear candidate to move up, if a trade is made). We don’t know what the market is for Rosen, and there have been conflicting reports over whether the Cardinals have seriously ever entertained a Rosen trade with any other team.

It seems there are concerns for the Giants other than just the trade price for Rosen, as well.

Giants reportedly had some concerns on Josh Rosen

Vacchiano wrote, referring to the Giants’ evaluation of Rosen last year before the draft, “there were worries inside the Giants organization about how Rosen would handle the press when, inevitably, things went wrong on the field.”

Rosen has a reputation, either as a bit arrogant or an intelligent free-thinker depending on your stance, and that was well documented before the draft. While NFL teams seem to overthink these issues on a regular basis, there’s undeniably going to be a lot of attention and pressure on whichever quarterback ultimately succeeds the popular two-time Super Bowl champ Manning.

It does seem that Rosen might be available for a significant discount. He was the 10th pick last year, and his rookie struggles can at least be blamed on a coaching staff that did him few favors. Presumably, if Rosen fell to the second round in the draft last year, the Giants would have happily taken that steal.

This year, the Giants might not want to pay that price. Their plan at quarterback is still unknown, making them a team to keep an eye on during the draft next week.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) starts to back out of the pocket during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) starts to back out of the pocket during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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Frank Schwabis a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

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