Froham Park, New Jersey-Three years after praising him as a franchise savior, on Monday, the New York Jets traded Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers, ending months of their quarterback plan Fierce speculation.
In return for Darnold, who was the third overall pick in the 2018 draft, the Jets won three draft picks: later this month, they will be ranked sixth in the 2021 draft, and they will win the second round in 2022. The fourth round.
In the absence of a quarterback on the roster, the Jets are expected to select Darnold’s replacement at the Cleveland NBA Draft (on ESPN and ESPN App) on April 29th. The leading candidate is BYU’s Zach Wilson (Zach Wilson), who has almost met the Jets̵
According to sources, the organization clashed due to its decision to withdraw from Danold. Jet coach Robert Saleh spoke highly of him, calling him “incredible arm talent.” General manager Joe Douglas also praised him, but refused to promise Danold last month and said he was willing to accept trade inquiries.
Darnold’s rookie contract is still one year away, with a guaranteed salary and bonus totaling $4.6 million. The Panthers must decide on Darnold’s fifth-year plan for 2022 before May 3; the predetermined amount is $18.8 million, which is fully guaranteed. He could have calculated the upper limit of US$9.8 million, but they will receive US$4.8 million in relief and US$5 million in “death” expenses in 2021.
Darnold, 23, failed to live up to expectations in New York. He showed hope at the end of his rookie season, but he backed down under the leadership of former coach Adam Gase, who was hired in 2019-largely developed the former Southern California University star.
In three seasons, Darnold stood out 13-25 as a starter, garnering 45 touchdown passes and 39 interceptions. He completed 59.8% of his passes and never scored more than 26 passers.
In 2020, he became the NFL’s lowest-rated passer (72.7), ranking 36th among 36 qualified quarterbacks. Since 2018, his professional qualifier score is 78.6, ranking 39th out of 39.
Darnold has struggled with injuries and illness throughout his career. As a rookie, he missed three games (sprained foot), three games in 2019 (mononucleosis), and four games in 2020 (sprained leg).
To be fair, he doesn’t have much stability in the Jets because he plays under two head coaches and two different offensive systems. He also doesn’t have a 1,000-yard putt or a 1,000-yard wide receiver, and he plays behind the constantly changing offensive line.
A month before the 2018 draft, a vigorous deal landed the Jets on the Darnold. Determined to pick a quarterback, they moved three positions to third and sent three second-round picks to the Indianapolis Colts.
They thought that Darnold would not be in third place, but the Cleveland Browns were surprised by placing Baker Mayfield in first place. Run back to Saquon Barkley for the New York Giants, leaving Darnold to the Jets, who ranked him the number one quarterback in the draft.
Ownership does not express excitement.
“Honestly, [people] I will look back at the past 20 years from now and say that this is the moment the jet turned into a new team, and they have become a great team,” said Christopher Johnson, Vice Chairman of Jet .
Darnold was a rookie at first, so he lost a six pick in his first pass. He settled down and defeated the Detroit Lions in a blowout, which aroused the hungry fan base of the Jets quarterback. He has experienced a season of ups and downs (17 touchdowns, 15 interceptions), but there is enough enthusiasm to convince the organization that it has found a long-term answer.
It was not until the 2020 season that questions about his future surfaced. Darnold struggled and injured his shoulder. The team started 0-13 and competed for the No. 1 pick in the 2021 draft. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence’s guess swirl around, Darnold led the Jets to two victories in the last three games, making the team the second overall pick.