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The Sam Darnold era is over for the New York Jets, as the USC product is headed off to join the Carolina Panthers.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the New York Jets have agreed to trade quarterback Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers.

The Jets will receive a sixth-round pick in the 2021 draft in addition to a second-round pick and a fourth-round pick in the 2022 draft.


The trade marks the end of the Sam Darnold era in New York.

Just over three years after making a deal with the Colts to move up from No. 6 to No. 3 in the first round of the 2018 draft, where they would eventually select Darnold as the second quarterback off the board (after Baker Mayfield), the Jets have sent Darnold off to his second NFL team.

Darnold finishes his Jets career having made 38 starts in three seasons, missing 10 games. The Jets went 13-25 in those games. Darnold completed 729 of his 1,219 passes (59.8%) for 8,097 yards (6.6 per attempt / 213.1 per game), 45 touchdowns, and 39 interceptions, posting a passer rating of 78.6 that was the second-worst among the 42 quarterbacks with at least 500 pass attempts from 2018-20, beating only Josh Rosen (63.5).

The flashes of star potential were frequent for Darnold, especially in 2018 and 2019, but he could never find a semblance of consistency amidst a tough situation. A change of scenery could be exactly what he needs.

With Darnold out the door and the only quarterbacks on the roster being James Morgan and Mike White, it now appears to be essentially a lock that the Jets will be selecting a quarterback with the second overall pick in the 2021 draft. Exactly who that quarterback will be is another debate (Zach Wilson appears to be the current favorite), but the odds are now very strong that the Jets will stay put at No. 2 and take a signal-caller.

In Carolina, Darnold will reunite with Robby Anderson and play under offensive coordinator Joe Brady. Darnold is currently slated to compete for the starting job with Teddy Bridgewater, who was traded by the Jets for a third-round pick in the summer of 2018 after Darnold beat him out for the starting job, but Carolina is reportedly looking to either trade Bridgewater or restructure his contract – a huge vote of confidence for Darnold.

Additionally, the Panthers are expected to pick up Darnold’s fifth-year option, according to Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports. The cost of the option is expected to be around $18.8 million, fully guaranteed.

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elehtis
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For those wondering if JD had any interest in acquiring Bridgewater to be a back-up to the #2 pick, I guess TB would have been involved in the trade if that were the case. Barring injury, he wouldn’t see the field, so we really are not the best landing spot for Terry.

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JetOrange

Teddy makes 23 million this year

elehtis
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Ya there’s that too.

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JetOrange

Like the deal , good for Sam. This year we get a sixth and free up 5 million in Cap, to possibly Sherman or Nelson. Timing is curious. The center of the deal is the 2022 second round pick, we will get a player. The fourth round pick restores the fourth we lost in the Seattle Trade, very nice.

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HR trade by Joe Douglas to think of what the Jets got for the ex faces of the team *Jamal and Sam* they got 2 *1st rounders* 1 *2nd/3rd/4th/6th with both trades combine… The Colts fleeced the Jets 3 years ago but we got back well worth and have a future again. There is not bad team in the NFL that is set up well for the future than the New York Jets