Josh Rosen landing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was a smart move by both sides.
With Tom Brady under center, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are clearly laser-focused on the short-term. The 43-year-old Brady was brought in to lead this team into Super Bowl contention right now and most of their moves made since the Brady addition helps move forward that ultimate goal.
That being said, Brady is unlikely to be around too much longer and the Bucs need to have some sort of a long-term plan at the quarterback position. Current backups Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Griffin are not great options, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were able to find an interesting player on the open market who could figure into the long-term plans.
Josh Rosen was selected 10th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. He was considered by many to be the top quarterback prospect in that draft class, showing all of the physical tools needed to be a star at the next level. After a shaky rookie season in Arizona, Rosen was traded to the Miami Dolphins after the Cardinals took Kyler Murray with the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Dolphins cut bait on Rosen after one uninspiring season and he went unclaimed through the entire league on waivers. A far fall from grace from the guy who was considered a likely franchise quarterback just two years ago.
Rosen has not done himself any favors early in his NFL career. He has consistently struggled with pressure and does not seem to have a great understanding of NFL coverages. Rosen appeared to be easily fooled by NFL defensive coordinators, consistently making mental mistakes that led to poor on-field decisions.
However, it is not like the NFL has done him any favors either. Rosen was quickly cast aside by a new regime in Arizona and was forced into a less than ideal situation in Miami. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a solid veteran quarterback who was able to lead Miami to a bit of success last season, but Rosen is a young quarterback who has always needed some time to develop. He did not have a chance with the Dolphins.
Now, Rosen steps into a situation without any pressure and with nothing to prove. He is not even on the active roster and his chances to actually see the field in 2020 is almost nonexistent. If Rosen can take the entire season and properly learn the NFL game without any pressure, he may have a chance to make it. His arm and gunslinger mentality would seemingly fit the Bruce Arians offense well and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in a position to bring him along extremely slowly.
If Rosen shows enough promise on the practice squad this season, I could see Tampa Bay bringing him back as a backup option to Brady next season. After that, if he has grown enough mentally, Rosen could legitimately be in line to be the long-term option to replace Brady under center.
It may not be the most likely path to success for Rosen, but at this point in his career, he simply does not have many options. A zero-risk, high-upside move for the Bucs and a strong and stable situation to learn in for Rosen. This is a pairing that undoubtedly makes a ton of sense for both sides.