Jets Deal Sam Darnold to Carolina
So, uh, congratulations Panthers fans? The Jets are dealing Sam Darnold to the Panthers for two 2022 picks (second and fourth rounds) and a 2021 sixth-round pick. Now's the time to truly find out the value of a coaching staff and the surrounding parts. Assuming that Darnold beats out Teddy Bridgewater for the starting job, he now gets better receivers than he had with the Jets. He gets a better running game. And most importantly, he gets Joe Brady as his offensive coordinator. We saw what Brady did with LSU in 2019. But Darnold has never had a passing DYAR above replacement level and he's gotten worse with each successive season. In the meantime, the Jets are now likely to be taking Zach Wilson from BYU with the second overall selection and he'll become their new starting quarterback.
UPDATE: Further reports state that Carolina will pick up Darnold's fifth-year option and pay him $18.9 million for 2022. He's their quarterback for the next two years. They clearly believe that the Jets situation and Adam Gase were holding him back.