If the Giants are looking for inside information on Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen before deciding whether to make a trade offer, they just added three of his ex-NFL teammates as references.
It's clear where one of them stands.
Defensive end Markus Golden, who signed up to one-year, $ 3.75 million contract with the Giants Ian Rapoport that Rosen was the first player in the building for the start of the Cardinals voluntary offseason program
Golden posted to his Twitter account that Rosen was the first one in as a rookie, too, and is a "great guy and player."
Drafted No. 10 overall in 2018, Rosen is the subject of trade rumors because the Cardinals have a new coaching staff and the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Coach Kliff Kingsbury is thought to be enamored with Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray.
There are mixed reports on the Cardinals 'interest in dealing Rosen, on the return he could command in a trade, on the Giants' interest in getting involved and on Rosen's personality.
In addition to Golden, the Giants also signed former Cardinals safety Antoine Bethea and defensive tackle Olsen Pierre during free agency. All three shared a locker room with Rosen when he went 3-10 ace to rookie starter.
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Giants are not focusing on their NFL Draft energy on who to pick at No. 6 and No. 17 of the first round. They had a chance to scout late-round picks and potential undrafted rookies at their local Pro Day.
The Giants want a young quarterback who is going to be a sponge to 38-year-old Eli Manning without the future Hall of Famer having to go out of his way to impart wisdom and subtract from his weekly preparation time.
Davis Webb, who the Giants drafted in the third round in 2017, perfectly fit that description and was known to be the first one in the building as a rookie, just like Rosen. But he was released and replaced by 2018 fourth-round pick Kyle Lauletta, who appears to have fallen out of favor.
"Davis Webb did that," coach Pat Shurmur said. "Kyle Lauletta is a small-school quarterback that learned and gained an appreciation of what Eli is all about."
If Rosen's early appearance at the voluntary workouts is a sign he is eager to learn – he could have stayed away completely, as players with uncertainty often do – then the Giants' interest should be piqued. Especially if the asking price starts with a third-round pick and includes some of the Giants' eight picks in the fourth round or later.