The Jets are officially over Sam Darnold.
Goodbye New York
Monday afternoon the Jets traded Darnold to the Panthers for a 2021 sixth-round pick, and a fourth and second-round pick in 2022.
Now breaking this down seems very odd. In many 2018 mock drafts, most people assumed the Browns would take Sam as the first overall pick. Instead they picked Baker Mayfield and Darnold fell to the third overall pick to the Jets.
Now here we are going into Darnold’s fourth season and he gets traded away for three picks, but not one in the first round. I think this really sums up how New York felt about his career for the team.
When Sam started his career back in 2018, he did show promise. He threw for over 2,800 yards and 17 touchdowns in 13 games. The big downside was his 15 interceptions. The Jets were hoping to build Darnold into their quarterback of the future but it just never panned out. In 2019 Sam threw for just over 3,000 yards and 19 touchdowns, but with this still came 13 interceptions.
It seems that his 2020 campaign was the final straw for the Jets organization. Darnold led the team to a 2-14 record while throwing just nine touchdowns and eleven interceptions. After this terrible showing New York had enough of Sam’s play.
This doesn’t seem to be the play expected out of a first-round pick at all. It’s safe to say the Jets could hit it big in this year’s quarterback stock in the draft. Most people think that BYU’s Zach Wilson will be the quarterback of the future for the Jets organization. There’s still a lot of time left before this year’s draft and anything could happen, but right now this is the consensus among most experts.
Now we get to the Panthers situation, which may be tougher than New York’s.
Darnold is set to make $4.6M this year with Carolina. Jonathan Jones of CBS reported that the Panthers have already chose to exercise Sam’s fifth year option. This means he will be making around $19M for the 2022 season.
All I can say to this is wow. I would have at least let him throw around some balls before making any decisions. Especially on a quarterback who has a career 13-25 record.
So where does this leave QB Teddy Bridgewater?
Teddy Signed a 3-year $63M deal last season with Carolina.
Bridgewater failed to get his team to the playoffs and won just five games for the team last season. Their solution was to replace him with a QB who won just two games last year.
Bridgewater’s play was very average last season. He threw for just over 3,700 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also threw 11 interceptions but did manage to earn a 92.1 passer rating. Darnold’s passer rating last season was just 72.7.
Hopefully Matt Rhule can turn Sam around and he can be reborn in Carolina. After all he’s just 23.
If Carolina can turn him they make be able to make a playoff run in the next few years.
Look for Carolina to trade to make a deal for Bridgewater in the next few weeks.