As the contract dispute is finally over between the New York Jets and rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, general manager Mike Maccagnan spoke on the matter if they’ll be any hard feelings moving forward.
Once news broke out that the ongoing contract issues between the New York Jets and Sam Darnold were finally over, a huge sigh of relief was felt across the city that never sleeps. Now, Darnold can focus on the task at hand and that’s getting ready for his first season in the pros.
It was a few days of intense negotiations that saw Darnold miss three training camps but at the end of the day, it ended sooner rather than later. It would have been a shame if Darnold missed weeks of training camp or even an entire month due to a contract dispute.
Ideally, the Jets are hoping that Darnold can prove he’s more than capable of being their starting quarterback to begin the season but the competition has just only begun. For now, Josh McCown leads the way as the man to beat with Teddy Bridgewater his main backup. Darnold has a lot of work ahead of him to move up the depth chart with these two veterans holding it down but could there be any hard feelings in the future with the team that drafted him No. 3 overall?
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In an article written by Darryl Slater of NJ.com, here is what Maccagnan said when asked if he expects any lingering hard feelings between Darnold and the Jets:
“He only missed three practices,” Maccagnan said. “I would imagine he probably understands it’s a process. We’ll see how time plays out, but I don’t anticipate any hard feelings from that. I think he understands that, unlike college, it’s a business now.
Time heals all as one shouldn’t worry about any future issues between Darnold and the Jets just because of what transpired over his first NFL contract. Once the next few weeks go by and the Jets have their first few preseason games of the offseason, all will be forgotten as all eyes will be on his progression and future potential.