Jets Trade Quarterback Darnold: The NFL draft is nearing closer and closer by the day. With that teams continue to evaluate opportunities to gain more picks in this year’s draft and other avenues to upgrade their team.

The New York Jets and Carolina Panthers made headlines on a rather quiet NFL week when the trade of starting quarterback Sam Darnold to the Panthers was announced.

Carolina agreed to trade a 2021 sixth-round pick and two 2022 draft picks, a second rounder and fourth rounder for the former No. 2 selection in the 2018 draft.

This trade offers an instant boost to the Panther’s offense and quarterback position and immediately lets fans know the direction the Jets will be going in having the No. 2 picks in the draft once again.

By trading Darnold the Jets let the entire league know that they will be selecting a quarterback early in the upcoming draft and names like Zack Wilson and Justin Fields remain the two most likely names.

Darnold Finally Has Weapons

Darnold being traded to the Panthers allows the young quarterback an opportunity to salvage his career while still being young. Darnold came into the league in 2018 and will be turning 24 years old before the 2021 season kickoff.

In New York, Darnold showed that he could be a starting quarterback at times, but the Jets did not help the young quarterback very much. It was no secret that the Jet’s offense was lacking weapons and it seemed that as time went on things got worse.

Darnold reunites with former top target wide receiver Robby Anderson who had a solid first year in Carolina after leaving New York in free agency.

Other than Anderson the Panthers have wide receiver DJ Moore giving Darnold the best wide receiver core he has ever played with. The Panther’s offense runs around running back Christian McCaffrey who is regarded as one of the best running backs in the game.

Not only can McCaffrey run the rock he is one of the best backs out of the backfield receiving. McCaffrey will take tremendous pressure off of Darnold’s shoulders as the team will be able to establish a solid running game and have weapons all over the field for Darnold to throw the ball.

Darnold serves as an immediate upgrade from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. It remains unknown what the Panthers will do with Bridgewater at the time.

Same Old Jets

Another year, another quarterback. It seems like days ago that the Jets landed Sam Darnold instantly naming him the quarterback of the future.

With a new general manager and head coach in town it appears that they did not see Darnold as the future of the Jets organization and the expectation is that they have zeroed in on his replacement with the No. 2 pick in this upcoming draft.

As a Jet Darnold completed 729 passes for 8,097 yards and 45 touchdowns in just three seasons. Darnold struggled with turnovers at times throwing 39 interceptions, but the blame cannot be placed fully on Darnold.

The Jets as a whole were bad…really bad. Some Jets fans were ready to move on and others wanted Darnold to get a second chance under a new head coach.

Expectation

With Darnold being a member of the Panthers under young head coach Matt Rhule the expectations for the young quarterback immediately skyrocket.

In Carolina, there no longer is an excuse that Darnold does not have enough weapons as the Panther’s offense is loaded with talent. Darnold should flourish in Rhule’s offense knowing that he has some very talented wide receivers and a generational type talent at running back.