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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the New York Jets are sending QB Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for a 2021 sixth-round pick, a 2022 second-round pick, and a 2022 fourth-round pick.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network adds that the Panthers were "the best and sole suitor" for Darnold. Carolina made it no secret that they were interested in landing a quarterback upgrade this offseason. The original plan of going after Deshaun Watson has taken a turn, so the Panthers pivoted to getting a young QB on the cheap. If Darnold is going to revive his career then landing with Matt Rhule and Carolina's skill players is a good start. This could be a fantasy friendly offense if the former No. 3 overall pick is able to turn things around.
Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports that Jets GM Joe Douglas when answer the call when teams injury about Same Darnold.
This is not a surprise. Darnold was not very productive in his 3rd season in the NFL. He threw nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions while only playing in 12 games in 2020. It’s unclear if Darnold will get a starting spot if he's traded.
The New York Jets are planning a complete evaluation of the top picks in this year's draft before making a decision about Sam Darnold's future with the team, per Ian Rapoport.
The Jets have this year's second overall pick, and with Trevor Lawrence likely to go to the Jaguars, the Jets could potentially snag Zak Wilson, Justin Fields, or Trey Lance. With a deep incoming class of rookie quarterbacks, it's tough to determine exactly who they are leaning towards. Darnold is heading into the fourth year of his rookie deal and with him generating interest on the trade market, there's certainly a possibility that the Jets move on and look for a new quarterback in April's draft. NFL free agency opens on March 17th this year and there should be a considerable shakeup to the league's starting quarterbacks.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports multiple teams have reached out to the Jets to inquire about trading for QB Sam Darnold.
"The Jets haven't turned away the calls, per sources, but they also haven't made any final and firm quarterback decisions about what direction they want to or are ready to go," Schefter writes. He notes the team could use the compensation they receive for Darnold to acquire another quarterback, or they could use the No. 2 overall pick on a new signal caller. With a new head coach in town (Robert Saleh) expect the organization to ultimately trade the former third overall draft selection.
Sam Darnold completed 23-of-34 attempts for 266 yards, one TD, and two interceptions in the Jets' 28-14 Week 17 loss to the Patriots.
Darnold finishes the year with a disappointing 9:11 TD:INT ratio over 12 games played. The 23-year-old was under pressure on 43.3% of his drop backs according to Pro Football Focus, which was the highest rate in the NFL. It's clear a change of scenery is likely needed, and it's too early to fully give up on the former No. 3 overall draft pick. Darnold will be the subject of many rumors this offseason.
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