Thursday’s Carson Wentz trade between the Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts could impact the quarterback market, and may not be great news for at least one team.
ESPN’s Rich Cimini believes Thursday’s trade is a bad sign for the New York Jets if they are serious about trading quarterback Sam Darnold. Cimini believes the Jets would be unlikely to fetch more than the Eagles got for Wentz, which amounted to a third-round pick and a conditional second-round pick that could become a first.
Cimini does note that the Colts took on a bigger contract than Darnold has, which may have reduced the compensation. However, it’s now seen as possible that the ceiling on a Darnold return may involve a second-round pick in 2021 and a third-rounder in 2022, if that.
Darnold has attracted plenty of interest, but this is lower than the price tag one NFL executive put on the Jets’ quarterback. At 23, Darnold is younger than Wentz, but also hasn’t had as much NFL success. That helps explain why the Jets may not be happy with Thursday’s developments.
The New York Jets have not yet made clear if they are trading Sam Darnold or not, but some idea is emerging regarding what they could expect to get for the quarterback.
One NFL personnel executive believes teams may give up a late first-round pick for Darnold, with the cost falling to an early second-round pick if the Jets decide to actively shop him.
“Do we really know who Darnold is yet?” the executive said, via Rich Cimini of ESPN. “The teams looking at him are looking at him in that vein. He was in a very dysfunctional situation, and I think his best football is ahead of him. He’s a good kid, no character issues. I could see a team giving a late one [first-round pick] for him. If the Jets are shopping him, you could probably get him for less. But if teams are calling for him, I could see a low one or a high two.”
What is clear is that the Jets will have no problem finding interest in Darnold if they want to make the trade. Publicly, the Jets have praised Darnold, but haven’t committed to him as their starting quarterback. That suggests a trade is possible, but we don’t know how likely it is just yet.
The New York Jets are expected to entertain the idea of trading Sam Darnold this offseason, and it sounds like they will not have trouble finding a suitor for the young quarterback if they decide to go that route.
Multiple teams have already reached out to the Jets to discuss a potential Darnold trade, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. While the Jets remain unsure about what they want to do at the quarterback position, they have not turned the calls away.
The QB trade market has been very active this offseason, with several teams in search of a starter. As Schefter notes, the Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears and Washington all inquired about Matthew Stafford before he was traded to the Los Angeles Rams. It’s possible some of those teams could have interest in Darnold.
The Jets have the No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming draft, and many analysts expect them to select Ohio State star Justin Fields. They also haven’t ruled out trading Darnold and using the compensation to make a deal for another quarterback, according to Schefter.
Darnold had a rough third season with 2,208 yards, nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 12 games. Of course, the Jets were a complete mess under former head coach Adam Gase. Darnold is also still just 23, so you can understand why teams believe he has potential.
At least one other top quarterback seems likely to be traded in the near future. Darnold could be the next to go after that.
The New York Jets have a major decision to make at the quarterback position this offseason, and they are expected to make a significant trade no matter which path they choose.
The Jets have played their way out of the top overall pick in the draft with back-to-back wins, which means they almost certainly won’t be landing Clemson star Trevor Lawrence. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Jets will now decide if they want to stick with Sam Darnold or draft a quarterback at No. 2. If they choose the former, they will likely trade the second overall pick.
Justin Fields is the obvious pick at No. 2, and he solidified his draft stock with a gutsy performance against Clemson on Friday night. The Ohio State star suffered a rib injury on this bone-crunching hit in the first half but still had a massive game. Fields completed 22-of-28 passes for 385 yards with six touchdowns and an interception in the 49-28 win. He also rushed eight times for 42 yards.
With several teams likely wanting a shot to draft Fields, it would make sense for the Jets to trade the No. 2 pick if they’re keeping Darnold. While he has not played well this season, keeping Darnold might not be the worst move. The former third overall pick is still just 23, and it sounds like New York is planning to make some major changes. Those could benefit Darnold if he sticks around.
Sam Darnold’s future with the New York Jets is murky, but if he is staying, it sounds like he’d be happy to keep working with Adam Gase.
After the Jets grabbed their second consecutive win on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, Darnold was asked about Gase’s future as head coach. Perhaps surprisingly, Darnold gave Gase his full backing and said he hoped to keep working with him.
“I love Adam. I love working for him,” Darnold said, via Connor Hughes of The Athletic.
Despite the endorsement, Darnold and Gase haven’t worked great together. Darnold has failed to progress much under the head coach, and has only eight touchdowns to nine interceptions this season.
The reality is that neither Darnold nor Gase may have any role on the Jets next season. Gase may not even see out the season, though back-to-back wins may save him from that indignity. Darnold’s future is unclear as well, though the Jets’ recent wins may help him out in more ways than one.
The New York Jets jumped out to an early lead over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, and the officials appeared to give them some help on what could have been a turning point late in the first half.
Sam Darnold looked like he was stripped deep in Jets territory in the second quarter, but the call on the field was an incomplete pass. The ruling was somehow upheld upon review. It certainly looked Myles Garrett knocked the ball loose before Darnold’s arm started coming forward.
Former NFL official and current rules analyst Gene Steratore indicated he felt the play was not handled correctly.
A number of things went against the Browns on the play. For starters, the officials blew the whistle. Had they let things play out and ruled it a fumble, the play probably would have stood as called and Cleveland could have walked into the end zone for a touchdown.
With several key playmakers already absent due to an unfortunate COVID-19 situation, a bad break like that was the last thing the Browns needed.
The New York Jets’ final defensive playcall in their loss to the Las Vegas Raiders was so bad that even the team’s own players didn’t hold back with their disapproval.
Ahead 28-24 with 13 seconds left and the Raiders at New York’s 46 yard line, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams opted to rush seven despite the obvious Hail Mary situation. That left Raiders speedster Henry Ruggs alone one-on-one against cornerback Lamar Jackson with no safety help. Ruggs beat Jackson for a 46-yard go-ahead touchdown.
After the game, even Jets players weren’t shy about making their feelings about Williams’ playcall clear.
Quarterback Sam Darnold, when asked about the playcall and then whether Jets players were angry with Williams over it, gave the same response both times, via Connor Hughes of The Athletic: “It is what it is.”
Veteran safety Marcus Maye took things a step further. Maye told reporters four times that the defense “should have been in a better call,” and openly criticized Williams for putting players in a bad spot.
“We have to execute, but you have to help us out at the same time,” Maye said of Williams.
You cannot blame the players for being so upset about the call. This is a winless team that likely would have pulled off the victory had Williams called for a more conventional coverage scheme in that situation. You can really only sympathize with the players in that situation who knew how stupid the call was but couldn’t do anything but try to execute it.
How bad was Williams’ decision? It was bad enough that these respected voices actually accused him of trying to throw the game with it.
The New York Jets are 0-11 and have been an embarrassment this season. Perhaps it’s no surprise then that their quarterback is working on an equally embarrassing streak.
Sam Darnold returned to action in Week 12 after missing time with a shoulder injury. He failed to throw a touchdown for the fourth consecutive game.
According to Pro Football Focus, Darnold has gone 122 straight passes without a touchdown, which is the longest active streak in the league.
Darnold has passed for three touchdowns and eight interceptions this season. This comes after he threw for 36 scores over his first two years. Prior to this season, he only had four games where he did not throw a touchdown, and that never occurred in consecutive weeks.
It’s been an awful year for the Jets, and Darnold has been part of the mess. It would not be so bad for him if the Jets decided to move on from him.
It was not a good week for fringe contenders who wanted to establish themselves as the season gets into its final few weeks. The Cardinals, Rams, Raiders, and Colts were among the teams who really let themselves down and made their tasks much more difficult heading into the last five weeks.
That wasn’t all, though. Here are five big letdowns from Week 12.
Sam Darnold, QB, Jets
Darnold’s return from injury was supposed to bolster the Jets’ offense. It did anything but that. Darnold went just 16/27 and failed to find the end zone in a 20-3 loss to Miami. He did, however, throw two interceptions. It’s true that Darnold has few weapons and is in a terrible environment, but he found some success in the past two years in spite of those hindrances. That’s not happening anymore, and it’s why he may be on his way out of New York.
Las Vegas Raiders
If the Raiders want to solidify a playoff spot, beating teams like the Falcons is what they have to do. Not only did they fail on Sunday, but they did so in spectacular fashion. An Atlanta offense without Todd Gurley or Julio Jones still managed to post 43 points on the Raiders, and Las Vegas only mustered six points on offense. The Falcons have improved lately — that much is clear. This was, however, a brutal showing from Vegas.
Anthony Lynn, coach, Chargers
The Chargers leave a lot of observers confused because they lose so many close games. In tight contests, every little thing matters more. One of those things is clock management, and Lynn is terrible at it. The Chargers looked truly clueless in the final minute of their game against the Bills, which you can see here. The only solace is they probably wouldn’t have won the game anyway. Their end-of-game play is inexplicable, and it’s the reflection of a poorly-coached team.
Kyler Murray, QB, Cardinals
Murray almost looked intimidated by the New England defense on Sunday. He failed to find the end zone for the first time all season, lacked aggressiveness, and seemed unwilling to run. Perhaps that’s down to the shoulder issue he’s dealt with, or maybe he really was just that thrown off by the New England defense. Regardless, it cost Arizona in a game they probably should have won given how much the Patriots offense sputtered as well.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ secondary
The Kansas City Chiefs have victimized many a secondary in recent years, but rarely have they put a beating on anyone like they did Tampa Bay on Sunday. Tyreek Hill had 203 yards and two touchdowns before the end of the first quarter. Patrick Mahomes looked to have a realistic chance of breaking the single-game record for passing yardage. In the end, he finished with 462 yards, and Hill had 269 of them on the receiving front. The fact that the Buccaneers only gave up 27 points is a minor miracle. That has to get better if they want to make a playoff run.
Bonus: Mitch Trubisky, QB, Bears
The Chicago Bears put up a stinker in primetime on Sunday night, and Mitch Trubisky did not look too hot. Trubisky was playing in his first game since September, and Bears fans were hoping he would inject some life into the team. Instead, Trubisky had two turnovers early that the Packers turned into touchdowns. He had three turnovers in the game. It wasn’t until the game was out of hand at 41-10 that Mitch finally got things going with a pair of touchdown drives to make the final score respectable at 41-25.
There is a growing expectation that the New York Jets will happily draft Trevor Lawrence next April and move on from Sam Darnold as their quarterback. Could it be possible, however, that the Jets might part ways with Darnold even if they don’t land Lawrence?
ESPN’s Rich Cimini wrote Sunday that it is “fair to wonder” if the Jets will look to replace Darnold no matter what happens at the end of the season. Darnold has struggled this season, and the Jets offense has actually looked more capable with veteran Joe Flacco under center. Cimini writes that the organization “must take a hard look at the alternatives” no matter where they end up drafting next April.
As it stands, the 0-11 Jets would draft first next April, giving them the opportunity to make Lawrence their new franchise quarterback. However, the Jacksonville Jaguars are lurking at 1-10, and could still land the top pick if the Jets find a way to win a game or two.
The Jets selected Darnold third overall in 2018, and he showed initial promise, throwing for over 3,000 yards in 2019. He has taken a step back in every way in 2020. Hindered by injuries, he hasn’t been any good when healthy, throwing just three touchdowns against eight interceptions in seven games. It’s bad enough that the Jets may have to confront this surprising reality about his possible trade value.