Multiple Teams Have Inquired On Sam Darnold

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has been rumored as a trade candidate for some time now, and it sounds like the lines of communication between Gang Green and the rest of the league are officially open. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, multiple teams have reached out to the Jets to discuss a trade for Darnold, who could be one of a number of high-profile passers to be dealt this offseason.

Schefter goes on to say that the Jets have entertained the discussions, though they are still undecided on how they want to resolve their quarterback dilemma. Recent reports have indicated that the club, which is armed with the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft, will either trade that pick or will trade Darnold. So if the Jets do end up moving Darnold, that would seem to indicate that they are high enough on a collegiate passer like Justin Fields or Zach Wilson to use the second pick in the draft on one of them.

Alternatively, a Darnold trade could also mean that the Jets feel good about their chances of landing a veteran replacement. But while the team has been connected to Deshaun Watson, that situation is still rife with uncertainty. New York has the draft capital and the cap space to pull off a Watson trade, but it’s no sure thing that the Texans will actually deal their star signal-caller.

Schefter confirms that all options are on the table for GM Joe Douglas, whose decision will have wide-reaching ramifications on the Jets’ fortunes and on Douglas’ own career. It’s unclear which teams have contacted Douglas to talk about Darnold, but it stands to reason that at least some of the clubs that were in on the Matthew Stafford sweepstakes — Washington, the Colts, and the Panthers, to name a few — might also be interested in Darnold.

Right now, it looks like the Eagles will trade Carson Wentz in the near future. After that, Darnold could be the next QB domino to fall, though the return for him is unlikely to include a first-round pick like the Stafford trade and the expected Wentz swap.

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  1. arthur blank_for owner

    as a Falcons this sux lol…..We need Zach Wilson to fall to 4

    • louwhitakerisahofer

      As a Steelers fan, this sucks. Lol. We need Zach Wilson to fall to 24.

      • jeterleader

        As a seahawks fan this sucks.LOL. we need, we need, a new head coach, a new line and dline and to trade Russ for trevor lawrence

  2. Very Barry

    I am more than surprised at what is appearing to be a robust market for Carson Wentz and Sam Darnold. Teams are out here more than willing to go over the top with draft pick compensation for these guys. Yet Jameis Winston went for less than $5 million with no further compensation needed? Isn’t taking a flier on Ryan Fitzpatrick on a one-year deal a far better option than Wentz or Darnold?

    • maximumvelocity

      Winston is a headcase and Fitzpatrick is almost done, but you certainly have a point.

      Wentz and Darnold were worse than Trubisky last year, yet people are banking that they both have greater potential.

      Frankly, if I’m a GM, I’m signing Trubisky, Brissett, or looking at a backup like Mullens or Minshew before I fork up picks and money for either Darnold or Wentz. I

      • Ak185

        There is no logical reason to value Nick Mullens over Carson Wentz, other than better press. There is also no logical reason to value Mitch Trubisky over Carson Wentz except to prove the point that you dislike Carson Wentz. Considering Wentz as a disappointment this past season is logical, but simply ignoring his football career entirely to focus on that just doesn’t make any sense. The best that Wentz has had to offer far outdoes the best that the other options discussed have had, and we’re not talking about someone who is even five years removed from highly productive football.

  3. phenomenalajs

    If they’re not getting a first rounder or involved in a deal for Watson, I wouldn’t trade Sam now. Sam could succeed in a 49ers type offense. Outside of Lawrence, I don’t think any of the other top QBs will fare any better than Sam did with that supporting cast. If I were Joe Douglas, I would stick to improving the offensive line by drafting Penei Sewell, then grab a wide receiver with the Seahawks’ pick.

    • downeysoft42

      Yeah I support that draft idea. Keep him up right get some help going. And I really think they gotta overpay whoever the best back available is to take some pressure off him as well. Zero run game before.

  4. Robert88

    If I was the Joe douglas. I would build around Darnold. I would grab T Penei Sewell at 2 and WR Terrace Marshall or WR Ronald Moore at 23. Pick at 34 i would get RB Najee Harris to be the lead back and improve the run game.

    • jeterleader

      no offense and I mean it but I personally don’t think that’s smart.

      • Robert88

        No you good man. I respect your opinion. If you put weapons around Darnold and build around him, I think he would be good enough to be a good capable quarterback in the league. What would your do Sam Darnold and the Number 2 pick in the draft, just curious?

        • jeterleader

          I appreciate it heres what I would do. If they’re interested I would trade the second pick darnold and maybe a 7th rounder to the 49ers for Jimmy garoppolo the 12th pick a 2022 first rounder a 2023 second rounder and a 2023 fourth rounder and then I would pick Kyle Pitts the tight end from Florida devante Smith the wide receiver from Alabama or Jamar chase the wide receiver from LSU. sorry

        • jeterleader

          I appreciate it heres what I would do. If they’re interested I would trade the second pick darnold and maybe a 7th rounder to the 49ers for Jimmy garoppolo the 12th pick a 2022 first rounder a 2023 second rounder and a 2023 fourth rounder and then I would pick Kyle Pitts the tight end from Florida devante Smith the wide receiver from Alabama or Jamar chase the wide receiver from LSU.

          • padam

            Moving Darnold AND the 2nd overall pick for Garoppolo is not moving forward. And he’d get killed on that team, having the same issues as Darnold.

    • padam

      Spot on. The Darnold issue is he has not had any offensive support at all – anywhere. It’s hard to throw passes to WRs that aren’t known while looking over your shoulder 99% of the time.

      Get Sewell, draft a RB or WR with the later pick and sign some free agents that actually mean something like Smith-Schuster. All of a sudden Darnold becomes the player they thought they had drafted. He was selected 3rd overall for a reason. Now give him the tools to be successful.

  5. billneftleberg

    Trading for Garappolo is insane, I wouldn’t trade Darnold for him straight up . If they are smart they trade the #2 pick to the falcons for #4 And a a #1 next year and a #3 the year after, the falcons get the QB they want. The Jets get Sewell or Chase at 4 and have 3 firsts next year to keep building

  6. dcahen

    So Jet’s fans want to employ the Colt’s strategy from 3 years ago; when the Jets gave up a lot of picks to move up 3 places & draft Darnold. It helped in a great way to build a playoff team in Indy with OL Nelson; LB Leonard, another OL Braden Smith, & finally DB Rock Ya-Sin, who may be the only miss of the 4. I’d keep Darnold, being impatient is dumb. The Rams will regret giving up all the draft picks & Goff for a QB whose 10 years older & really done nothing.

  7. MileHighFan

    Players like Darnold need plenty of help, thus the Jets should be putting together a solid running game and a defense that can hold their opponents after multiple 3-and-outs by your Darnold-led offense. It is foolish to think that you’ll be able to jettison Darnold and find a real franchise QB in the draft, as it is just as likely you’ll end with a Christian Ponder or a Jake Locker and actually be worse off.

  8. metallica321

    If they do trade Sam darnold they better ask for the same package as deshawn Watson

  9. alproof

    Trade Darnold, draft Wilson, draft all OL and weapons, fill in D w/FAs, draft D next year.

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