Cardinals HC Steve Wilks announced Monday that they’re turning to rookie Josh Rosen as their starting quarterback moving forward.
The Cardinals made the curious decision to turn to Rosen with just over four minutes remaining in Sunday’s game and down by two points.
Wilks explained after the game that he felt they needed a “spark” on offense.
“Well, I felt like we needed a spark,” Wilks said, via NFL.com. “Again, we got out to an early start, 14 points, got a little stagnant there and wanted to try to spark the time, and that’s the reason why I made that decision.”
Sam Bradford heads to the bench and the Cardinals will save over $4 million in unpaid per-game roster bonuses as a result.
Rosen, 21, was taken with the No. 10 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft by the Cardinals. Rosen signed a four-year, $17,664,284 contract that includes an $10,926,792 signing bonus.
The contract includes a fifth-year option for the Cardinals to pick up in 2021.
In 2018, Rosen has appeared in one game and completed four of seven pass attempts for 36 yards and one interception. He also rushed for 12 yards.