The Cardinals apparently had multiple options to move Josh Rosen.
Several teams, including the Patriots, were interested in dealing for the 22-year-old quarterback, according to a report from the Miami Herald, which cites an unidentified league source.
Arizona eventually sent Rosen to the Dolphins in exchange for a second-round pick and a 2020 fifth rounder. The Patriots then selected Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham with the No. 133 overall pick.
Rosen became available after the Cardinals took former Oklahoma star Kyler Murray with the top pick in the 2019 draft.
“We were very high on Josh Rosen and certainly we were fine to keep him,” Arizona general manager Steve Keim told reporters. “I think there were a number of things that went into (trading him).
“All of us are big fans of Josh Rosen. We wish him well and I think he’ll have a heck of a career in the NFL. … The bottom line is we had the opportunity to get a player we think can be special (in Murray).”
Rosen thanked the Cardinals after the deal in a video posted to his Twitter account.
“Kyler, I just want to congratulate you and your family on getting drafted. Arizona’s a really special place and you’re going to love playing and living here,” Rosen said. “To my teammates and staff and everyone who worked at the facility, I can’t thank you enough for all of the support and great memories we’ve created this past year.
“I’m really wishing all of the Arizona Cardinals the best of luck moving forward. Miami, I couldn’t be more excited to become a Dolphin.”
Thank you @AZCardinals
Hello @MiamiDolphins pic.twitter.com/yNb81On0dD
— Josh Rosen (@josh3rosen) April 27, 2019
Arizona selected Rosen out of UCLA with the 10th overall pick in the 2018 draft. He completed 55.2 percent of his passes and threw for 11 touchdowns, along with 14 interceptions, in 14 games as a rookie. The Cardinals finished with a 3-13 record and missed the playoffs for a third consecutive season.
Rosen will compete to be Miami’s starting quarterback with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.