The New York Jets have put an end to the speculation regarding the future of Sam Darnold as they have traded the quarterback to the Carolina Panthers. After months of speculations regarding the future of Darnold, the Jets traded Darnold to the Panthers in an exchance for a 2021 sixth-rounder, a second-rounder and fourth-rounder in 2022.
The Jets selected Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 pick but the quarterback failed to live up to the expectations in New York. "This doesn't take us out of anything in the draft," Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer said, per ESPN.
"It doesn't take us out of taking a quarterback, it doesn't take us out of taking any position. What we wanted to do going into this draft, through free agency, through this trade with Sam, was to just get rid of all the needs we have.
"We wanted to get to a place where the roster was in a good spot, and we could take the best available player at No. 8. We could always move up, and we could always move back, but this puts us in a position to make the right football decision for this team moving forward."
Darnold joins Terry Bridgewater
The Panthers, who signed quarterback Bridgewater to a notable deal in the 2020 offseason, now have to decide what to do with Bridgewater. "I think there's things we have to work through, obviously," Fitterer said of Bridgewater's future with the Panthers.
"I've already talked to Teddy's agents. We're going to find the right place, whether it's here, wherever it may be, we'll figure things out, contractwise as well." Some of the people in the Jets organization spoke highly of Darnold and wanted to keep him on the roster, while some preffered to move on from the quarterback and give a fresh start to each party.
"I want to publicly acknowledge the commitment, dedication, and professionalism Sam displayed while with the Jets," Jets general manager Joe Douglas said in a statement released by the team. "He is a tough-minded, talented football player whose NFL story has not been written yet.
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."