Josh Dobbs Traded to Minnesota Vikings After Alleged Misleading by Cardinals Coach
Josh Dobbs, a veteran quarterback in the NFL, is no stranger to adjusting to new teams. Throughout his career, he has been traded or released multiple times. Most recently, Dobbs was traded to the Arizona Cardinals in August, where he took on the starting quarterback duties for eight games while Kyler Murray recovered from an ACL injury.
Despite the Cardinals’ 1-7 start with Dobbs under center, the team remained competitive. However, the decision to send Dobbs to the Minnesota Vikings came as a surprise. Dobbs recently suggested that Cardinals coach Jonathan Gannon misled him regarding his role on the team.
In an interview on the “Torchbearers” podcast, Dobbs revealed, “We’re in the locker room. (Gannon) gets off his podium and he says I’m starting for the Cardinals in Cleveland the next week… I go to the facility on Monday, and (Gannon) calls me to his office and says, ‘Hey, we’re gonna start Clayton Tune in Cleveland.’ This is leading up to (Kyler Murray’s) return.”
Dobbs further explained that Gannon had assured him he would remain in Arizona, but his agent later informed him otherwise. “I went home and called my agent, just talking to him about the situation,” Dobbs said. “Went to sleep, woke up Tuesday morning with a text from my agent saying, ‘Hey, you could be traded today because it’s the trade deadline.’ When I had the meeting with J.G. in Arizona, he looked at me in the face, and he said, ‘You’re not being traded. You’re not being released. You’re going to be here in Arizona.'”
It remains unclear whether Gannon intentionally misled Dobbs or if he was simply unaware of the trade developments at the time of their conversation. The trade to the Minnesota Vikings likely came together quickly due to Kirk Cousins’ season-ending injury shortly before the trade deadline.
On October 30, the Cardinals announced that rookie quarterback Clayton Tune would start, with Dobbs serving as the backup for a Week 9 game against the Browns. However, just one day later, Dobbs, along with a 2024 seventh-round pick, was traded to the Vikings in exchange for a 2024 sixth-rounder.
During last Sunday’s game against the Falcons, rookie Jaren Hall started for the Vikings. However, Dobbs was thrust into action after Hall suffered an injury.
As Dobbs continues to adjust to his new team, the Minnesota Vikings, his experience with being traded and released multiple times throughout his career will undoubtedly serve him well. Only time will tell how Dobbs will contribute to the Vikings’ quarterback lineup.