MIAMI – NFL cutdown day forced the Miami Dolphins to acknowledge the failure of their Josh Rosen experiment.
“This just didn’t work out, and we felt it was best to move on,” coach Brian Flores said Saturday.
Miami released Rosen, who was acquired from Arizona in April 2019 for second- and fifth-round draft picks. He started three games last year, throwing five interceptions and one touchdown pass, and was the No. 3 quarterback behind Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie Tua Tagovailoa in training camp this summer.
Flores declined to say whether the Dolphins regretted trading for Rosen.
“The most important thing is to kind of move forward and not look back,” he said. “You don’t hit on every play, on every trade, on every draft pick. Show me a team that has hit on every one. I’ll applaud that team.”
In another move Saturday, the Dolphins acquired versatile rookie Lynn Bowden Jr. and a sixth-round draft pick from the Las Vegas Raiders for a fourth-round choice. Bowden, a third-round pick by the Raiders in April, can play running back or receiver, and also played quarterback at Kentucky.
The decision to cut Rosen signals the Dolphins are confident in the health of top draft pick Tagovailoa, who has returned from a career-threatening hip injury that ended his Alabama career in November.
But Flores spoke of Tagovailoa as an emergency option for now.