Former New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has been traded to the Carolina Panthers, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Filed to ESPN: Jets trading QB Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers for a 2021 sixth-round pick and second- and fourth-round picks in 2022, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 5, 2021
The Panthers will send the Jets a sixth-rounder in this year’s draft, as well as a second and fourth-rounder in 2022.
The Jets are currently sitting with the second-overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, positioned to select one of the top quarterback prospects.
Sending Darnold to the Panthers all but confirms that the organization will be going with a quarterback at that top spot.
The Jets confirmed the trade with a social media post:
“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 in a statement released by New York. “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.”
Another quarterback domino has fallen and the question still stands as to what the Denver Broncos will do to bring in competition for Drew Lock.
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