The New York Jets appear to have cleared the way their franchise to draft a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick and turn the keys over to him on Day 1.
The Jets have traded Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers for a 2021 sixth-round pick and 2022 second-round and fourth-round picks, the Panthers announced on Twitter.
The Jets traded up in 2018 to use the No. 3 pick on Darnold. But the USC product had anything but a smooth transition to the NFL, and much of it had to do with the constant state of turmoil that the Jets have found themselves in. Already, he has played for two head coaches in three seasons.
In 2019, the Jets replaced Mike Maccagnan, who drafted Darnold, with current general manager Joe Douglas.
"I want to publicly acknowledge the commitment, dedication, and professionalism Sam displayed while with the Jets," Douglas said Monday in a statement. "He is a tough-minded, talented football player whose NFL story has not been written yet. 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."
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