The NY Jets could reportedly net a second-round pick and more for Sam Darnold.
Sam Darnold‘s future with the NY Jets is as murky as it’s ever been. In fact, it’s quite incredible to see just how much his status with the organization has changed since the first week of the season.
Darnold entered the 2020 season as the undisputed face of the franchise. Sure, he was far from a proven commodity, but very few had reservations about his abilities and the idea that he was the quarterback of the future.
No one expected the Jets to move on from Darnold so quickly, let alone as soon as next year. But things change rather quickly in the NFL, and that’s the situation we find ourselves in now.
Injuries and poor play have rendered Darnold as somewhat of a lame-duck quarterback right now. The Jets have their eyes on the No. 1 overall pick and Trevor Lawrence.
And even if they don’t land Lawrence, there’s still Ohio State’s Justin Fields who they could look to target. Barring a late-season turnaround, it seems as though Darnold is playing on borrowed time in New York.
If that’s the case, it begs the question — what could the Jets receive in a hypothetical Sam Darnold trade?
What could the NY Jets get in return for Sam Darnold?
ESPN’s Adam Schefter joined the Monday Night Football Countdown crew prior to the Jets’ Week 9 game against the New England Patriots. And on the show, he discussed a variety of topics ranging from head coach Adam Gase to Trevor Lawrence.
Aside from insisting that Gase will absolutely not be the Jets’ head coach next season, Schefter also revealed that Lawrence is expected to turn pro, and he speculated on what the Jets could possibly get in return for Darnold.
Schefter compared the situation to the one with Josh Rosen from a few years ago and hypothesized that the Jets could receive a similar package to what the Arizona Cardinals received.
Arizona traded Rosen to the Miami Dolphins for a second and a fifth-round pick, which seems like a realistic return package for Darnold.
Of course, his value will likely be affected by his performance over the course of the last seven games of the season. If Darnold is healthy and plays well, perhaps the Jets could get even more for him.
On the contrary, if he continues to struggle, teams might think twice about giving up an early Day 2 pick in return.
The situation is a volatile one right now, but there will certainly be interest if the Jets decide to move on from Darnold in the offseason.