New Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen has nothing but respect for the Cardinals organization, especially head coach Kliff Kingsbury. As for “maybe one or two guys there,” not so much.
During an appearance Tuesday on “The Rich Eisen Show,” Rosen, who was traded to Miami after Arizona selected quarterback Kyler Murray with the first overall pick in last month’s NFL draft, said he hasn’t heard a peep from his old general manager, Steve Keim.
“The only thing that really did kind of frustrate me through this whole process was like I still haven’t heard from my old GM,” Rosen said, according to NFL.com. “I hadn’t talked to him for months before. Still haven’t talked to him after. That was kind of frustrating, but for the most part, I’m just ready to put that whole chapter behind me and keep pushing on and playing football.”
Rumors of an impending divorce between Rosen and the Cardinals had circulated for months, as new coach Kingsbury’s infatuation with Murray had been well-documented prior to the draft. And while Rosen is very much ready to put the past behind him, he has no ill-will toward Kingsbury and wishes his successor the best.
“Kliff gave me an actual call a minute before it happened saying that we’re going to draft Kyler. I mean, I have the most respect for Kliff. I don’t slight anyone for making business decisions they think are best for them and their family, but I appreciated how he acted like a man and was very respectful. He was wishing me the best. He called me even the day after the draft wishing me good luck. And I wished him good luck. I even gave Kyler a call, sent him a text that said good luck, I’m wishing you the best,” the quarterback said.
As Rosen readies for his next chapter in Miami, where he’ll compete for the starting job against 36-year-old journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick, he can look back at the Cardinals without much of a sour taste in his mouth.
“Literally [Kingsbury is] like, ‘Hey, so we’re about to draft Kyler. I don’t really know what happens now,’” Rosen said. “And I responded, ‘I don’t really know what happens either.’ But regardless, at least he gave me the courtesy of giving me the call. I love everyone in that building, with the exception of maybe one or two guys there.
“I had an awesome time. I’m bummed to move on, but I’m excited. And it’s been an interesting ride, but I think it just makes the story a little bit better.”
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