Jets Trade Sam Darnold To Panthers For Multiple Picks


Buffalo Bills v New York Jets

Buffalo Bills v New York Jets

The Sam Darnold era in New York has come to an end.

With the NFL Draft just weeks away from kicking off, the Carolina Panthers have acquired the former first-round quarterback from the Jets in exchange for a 2021 sixth-round pick along with a second-and-fourth-round selection in 2022.

Darnold's future with the Jets was in doubt once New York slotted themselves into the Number 2 overall pick at the 2021 NFL Draft. There, they are positioned to select one of the top quarterback prospects that make up a rather deep class at the position. This deal that now sends Darnold to the Panthers all but confirms that the organization will be going with a quarterback at that top spot.

The 23-year-old had been with the Jets since 2018 when he was taken Number 3 overall out of USC. While Darnold has displayed potential throughout his three-year tenure with the club, it rarely translated to wins with the quarterback owning a 13-25 record as a starter. Of course, the lack of wins while in New York is not solely on Darnold's shoulders as the team dealt with a number of coaching changes and lack of talent across the rest of the roster for the young quarterback to truly help turn New York into a yearly contender.

He gets a clean slate in Carolina and a far better head coach as well as the best running back in the game in Christian McCaffrey.

Source: CBS Sports