A New York Jets’ in-season Sam Darnold trade is now something everybody needs to think about prior to the trade deadline.
A team that makes total sense for Darnold’s services: the Dallas Cowboys.
At 2-4 and atop the NFC East, Jerry Jones has been known to display impatience from time to time. He simply won’t want to punt the 2020 season despite the challenges this year has introduced to all 32 clubs.
Without Dak Prescott and with a struggling Andy Dalton, catching lightning in a bottle in the form of Darnold is an idea worth investigating.
ESPN’s Bill Barnwell recently wrote a column highlighting possible NFL trades pre-deadline. One of his mock deals featured Darnold heading to the Indianapolis Colts for a second and third-round pick. Darnold’s production is, of course, not worthy of that package, but the idea that the kid has been held back due to various ills in his professional life is one that could fetch Joe Douglas more than market value.
It’s risky business, trading a No. 3 overall quarterback before the next guy is in the bag, but sometimes organizations need to take that plunge. Emmitt Smith wasn’t drafted until after the Cowboys sent Herschel Walker to the Minnesota Vikings for a package that helped them build three Super Bowl winners. (Remember, the running back’s importance was much more significant in 1989.)
Elsewhere, we discuss how Matt Rhule highlighted the Jets’ single-biggest issue, as a franchise, with one comment in January 2019, and we quickly review the team’s 24-0 loss to the Miami Dolphins last Sunday.