Florham Park, NJ (77WABC) – The Jets have parted ways with quarterback Sam Darnold, trading him to the Carolina Panthers for a sixth-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft in addition to second-round and fourth-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, pending a physical.
“I want to publicly acknowledge the commitment, dedication, and professionalism Sam displayed while with the Jets. He is a tough-minded, talented football player whose NFL story has not been written yet,” said Jets GM Joe Douglas. “While all these things are true, this move is in the short- and long-term best interests for both this team and him. We thank Sam for all of his work on behalf of this organization and wish him well as he continues his career.”
— NFL (@NFL) April 5, 2021
The trade ends Darnold’s stay with the Green & White after three seasons. The Jets moved from the sixth overall pick to No. 3 in the 2018 NFL Draft in a trade with Indianapolis, sending three second-round picks to the Colts, so they could grab Darnold out of USC to be their new starter.
Last season his stat line included 217-of-364 passing (59.6%) for 2,208 yards, nine TDs, 11 INTs and a 72.7 rating. He had a nifty 46-yard scramble for a touchdown — a record-long by a Jets QB — on Thursday Night Football against Denver and averaged 5.9 yards/carry. But Darnold and the Jets couldn’t get any winning traction until Games 14-15, at the Los Angeles Rams and home against Cleveland.
For his Jets career Darnold’s passing line reads 729-of-1,219 passing (59.8%) for 8,097 yards, 45 touchdowns and 39 interceptions and a 78.6 rating. He also ran for 417 yards and five touchdowns on 114 carries.
Jets GM Joe Douglas has this tweet pinned to his feed on Twitter:
Take an enormous breath, Jets fans. I’m not going to overpay for mediocre talent like last year’s Jets, the Browns, Broncos, Giants, Lions and Dolphins. There’s a reason those teams stink. The Jets will be built like a horse from the legs up. I won’t budge. #jets #takeflight
— Joe Douglas (@JoeDouglasGM) March 16, 2020
The 2021 NFL Draft is scheduled for April 29th – May 1st and will be broadcasted from Cleveland, Ohio.
Jets could pick Zach Wilson second overall after taking Sam Darnold with the third pick in 2018 Draft. If that happens, they would become the first team in the Common Draft Era, since 1967, to select two QBs in the top three overall picks in a four-year span.
The Jets are scheduled to play at the Carolina Panthers for the upcoming 2021 season.