Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter
UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen would prefer to play for the Giants over the Browns and would be hesitant to declare for next year’s NFL draft if he knew that Cleveland was going to take him with the No. 1 overall pick, according to league sources familiar with the situation.
Personally, I am just shocked that Rosen isn’t impressed with all the draft picks and cap space the Browns have collected over the years. That was sarcasm; I am not shocked he doesn’t give two bleeps about all the assets the Browns have collected. Let this be known that losing has real-life consequences. Until you start winning, no one cares about all the “assets” you have.
You can’t tank the past two years like the Browns have done and expect people to buy in and think people will want to come to your team. You can’t win one game in one calendar year and expect fans to come to the games. The Haslam’s have dug this franchise into a deep hole, a hole that is so deep they don’t even know where to begin to try to get out of.
In all seriousness, I don’t blame Rosen. I love the Browns and I dream of the day the Muni Lot is packed before a home playoff game. But, Rosen has a career to think about and the Browns are a dumpster fire. If you are Rosen, do you prefer to throw to Odell Beckham Jr., or Josh Gordon, who you don’t know if he will be able to stay on the field for a full season. You can’t go 1-15 one year and possibly 0-16 or 1-15 the next and expect people to want to play for you.
Rosen hasn’t officially declared yet. According to Schefter, the possibility of the Browns drafting him could influence his decision to declare or not. We may get to avoid this controversy if Rosen stays. UCLA has new coach Chip Kelly and the combination of that and the Browns could keep him in school. If Rosen does declare, he could pull what Eli Manning did and refuse to play for the Chargers and demand a trade. Or, the Browns could just draft him and say tough bleep.
As for Rosen waiting a year to declare to avoid the Browns, well good luck with that, Josh, because I have been waiting for the Browns to not suck for 18 years.