NY Jets‘ quarterback Sam Darnold is expected to be somewhat of a hot commodity this offseason. Perhaps not as much as the players the Jets could look to replace him with, but he will have his fair share of suitors.
That much has been indicated in the past, and it’s now been echoed by likely the most reputable source of them all — ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Schefter reported on Sunday that the Jets have received calls from “multiple teams” expressing interest in trading for the former No. 3 overall pick.
He went on to say that “the Jets haven’t turned away the calls” showing that they’re open to trading him, but that they haven’t made a decision yet on what they plan to do at the quarterback position.
uStadium, the ones who originally reported that “multiple teams” were interested in Darnold around a week ago, is reporting that the Washington Football Team is one of the teams that has inquired. They say that “upwards of five” teams have made calls.
The NY Jets must figure out what to do with Sam Darnold
Before the Jets decide to move Darnold, they’ll first need to figure out their plan at the position. Do they look for his replacement in the 2021 NFL Draft? Do they use the additional assets acquired in the Darnold trade to make a move for someone like Deshaun Watson?
Or, despite all the rumors, do they decide to run it back with Darnold and decline all offers? All options appear to be on the table.
That said, it seems incredibly unlikely that Darnold returns at this point. The logistics and financial aspects are too much for general manager Joe Douglas to ignore — he might just be biding his time and searching for the best offer at this point.
No matter what they choose, the Jets’ decision will set off ripple effects throughout the entire NFL. Just as the Philadelphia Eagles’ decision with Carson Wentz will do the same.
The Wentz trade appears to be next up in this unorthodox NFL QB carousel. But Darnold might be next on tap after that. And if Wentz returns the package that he is rumored to, we could only imagine what the Jets might get for Darnold.
Maybe Darnold ultimately fetches the team a late first-round pick as has been rumored. The more likely outcome remains a second-round pick plus a mid/late-rounder, but anything is possible.
Regardless, the Jets have their options. But the most likely outcome seems to be that Darnold has played his last game with the organization.