The last time the New York Giants were in the market for a new franchise quarterback, a similar situation arises as what’s transpiring right now with UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen would prefer to play for the Giants over the Browns and would be hesitant to come out in 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.
This desire from the UCLA quarterback has given the Browns a “pause” about selecting Rosen with the No. 1 overall pick, Schefter, reports. However, this will not scare new Browns general manager John Dorsey from taking the player if he believes it’s the best fit for his franchise.
The reasoning behind Rosen’s preference seems obvious as he would prefer to play for a more stable franchise like the Giants over the Browns despite the fact that the Giants currently don’t have a general manager or head coach:
Privately, Rosen has expressed concern about winding up in Cleveland and would rather be with a more stable franchise, such as the Giants.
After the Cactus Bowl, Rosen plans to sit down with his parents for a “serious conversation” before making a final decision about whether to declare for the 2018 Draft. Depending on the Browns having the No. 1 overall pick could influence his decision.
The Browns (0-14) can clinch the No. 1 overall pick with a loss to the Chicago Bears today and the Giants (2-12) could clinch the No. 2 pick with a loss in each of their final two games.