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The Carolina Panthers have officially picked up the fifth-year option on QB Sam Darnold.
If there were any doubts before the Draft, those can now be pushed aside as the Panthers have made it clear Darnold is their guy by passing on a quarterback and exercising his fifth-year option.
Panthers GM Scott Fitterer says the team will wait until after the draft to make a decision regarding Sam Darnold's fifth-year option.
The team has until May 3rd to make their decision. It seems as if Carolina wants to see if one of the top QBs falls to them with the No. 8 overall pick. Stay tuned.
Former Jets teammate OL Ryan Kalil said, “QB Sam Darnold is now in a system where he can grow and develop.”
Kalil, who signed with the Jets in 2019, believes Darnold didn't have freedom under former Jets’ HC Adam Gase. “It was a system that didn’t allow a lot of individual freedom. It was very, ‘You do it this way and that’s it,’” Kalil said. “A lot of the scheme was pre-determined (plays) based on what they thought they were seeing from the sideline. It didn’t give Sam a lot of room to grow, in my opinion, to make decisions on the fly. “It wasn’t a system that allowed him to evolve and make decisions on his own. I think that was the hardest thing.“ Darnold was traded to the Panthers in exchange for draft picks during the offseason. The former No. 3 overall pick struggled in three seasons with the Jets, completing 59.8% of his passes along with a 45:39 TD: INT ratio across 38 games. Darnold will be given a fresh start in Carolina and is currently 26th among all quarterbacks in the latest expert consensus rankings.
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.
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