The Cleveland Browns on Thursday made a surprising move by signing the former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen.
There was a report early Thursday morning from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that the Cleveland Browns were working out quarterbacks A.J McCarron and Josh Rosen.
Rosen must have impressed Cleveland enough because they ended up signing him to a one-year deal.
This is the fourth new quarterback that the Browns have added this offseason joining Deshaun Watson, Jacoby Brissett, and Joshua Dobbs.
Many Browns fans should be familiar with Rosen because he was at one time may be going to be a Cleveland Brown back in 2018.
Rosen was rumored at times to be Cleveland’s first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and come save the franchise.
Obviously, the Browns went in a different direction and took Baker Mayfield.
Who Is Josh Rosen?
Rosen was drafted tenth overall that year by the Arizona Cardinals and ended up starting 13 games for a terrible football team.
The Cardinals ended up going in a different direction after the 2018 season by hiring head coach Kliff Kingsbury and drafting quarterback Kyler Murray first overall.
Rosen was sent packing to Miami for the 2019 season and things did not get much better. Rosen started three games for a bad Dolphins team in 2019 and he was out the door again.
Rosen spent the 2020 season bouncing around the Buccaneers and 49ers practice squads.
Rosen found himself back on an NFL active roster in 2021 backing up Matt Ryan on the Atlanta Falcons.
Rosen had all the talent in the world coming out of UCLA, but he just was never able to find it at the NFL level. I think a lot of that had to do with him being put in bad situations and never getting a shot.
What Does This Mean For The Browns?
Browns fans have been waiting for quarterback news to drop at any time and I don’t think the team signing Rosen was the quarterback news they were waiting for.
Deshaun Watson will most likely be facing a suspension in the 2022 season and that’s been on the minds of Browns fans all offseason.
I don’t think the signing of Rosen has anything to do with the organization knowing anything about Watson’s suspension. I don’t think anyone has any idea at this moment how many games Watson will be suspended for, and it has no impact on the Rosen signing.
I think Rosen is here to have another arm in training camp and to compete for the third-string quarterback job with Joshua Dobbs.
Jacoby Brissett will most likely be the starter if Watson is suspended and the Browns are going to need either Rosen or Dobbs to back him up.
I think signing Rosen was a good move for the Browns. They added another quarterback who has talent and maybe the Browns can get it out of him.