FLORHAM PARK – Three years after arriving as the franchise’s savior, the New York Jets they exchanged to Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers this Monday, ending months of speculation about his plans at quarterback.
As a reward for Darnold, third overall pick in the 2018 draft, the Jets They received three selections: a sixth round in 2021 by the end of this month, and a second round and a fourth round in 2022.
Without a proven quarterback on the roster, players are expected to Jets select a replacement for Darnold with the second overall turn in the draft from April 29 to May 1 in Cleveland. The lead candidate is the passer of BYU, Zach Wilson, who has met virtually a couple of occasions with the management of the Jets.
The organization was in conflict over the decision to leave with Darnold, according to sources. The head coach of the Jets, Robert SalehShe spoke positive things about him, noting that he had “incredible arm talent.” General manager Joe Douglas praised him too, but declined to commit to Darnold last month, and indicated it was open to swap proposals.
A Darnold He has a year left on his rookie contract, with a guaranteed salary and bonuses of $ 4.6 million. The Panthers must decide on the option to the fifth year of the contract, 2022, with respect to Darnold for May 3; the default amount of 18.8 million for that season would be fully guaranteed. He was scheduled to count for $ 9.8 million against the salary cap of the JetsBut the team will now recover $ 4.8 million and will also accept a $ 5 million dead money charge.
DarnoldThe 23-year-old failed to meet the high expectations in New York. He showed promise at the end of his rookie season, but suffered a regression under the former head coach. Adam Gase, who was hired in 2019 – to a large extent – to develop the product of USC.
In three seasons, Darnold he went 13-25 as a starter, with 45 touchdown passes against 39 interceptions. He completed 59.8 percent of his passes, and never finished above 26th in passer rating.
He finished with the lowest passer rating in the NFL during 2020 (72.7), No. 36 out of 36 qualified quarterbacks. His lifetime passer rating is 78.6, which places him 39th of 39 since 2018.
Darnold He has dealt with injuries and illness throughout his professional career. He missed three games as a rookie (foot sprain), three games in 2019 (mononucleosis) and four games in 2020 (throwing shoulder sprain).
To be fair, he never enjoyed great stability with the JetsPlaying under two head coaches and in two different offensive systems, he was never accompanied by a 1,000-yard runner or a 1,000-yard receiver, and played behind a constantly changing offensive line.
The Jets they selected Darnold after a notorious trade a month before the 2018 draft. Determined to find a quarterback, they rose three at-bats to No. 3 overall, sending three second-round picks to the Indianapolis Colts.
They didn’t think that Darnold would be available in that position, but Cleveland Browns they surprised by choosing Baker Mayfield global first. The corridor Saquon Barkley he went second to New York Giants, leaving Darnold for the Jets, who had him as the best passer available that year.