Sam Darnold commerce grades: Panthers financial institution on potential; Jets make the proper determination


The Carolina Panthers have pounced on Sam Darnold.

The short-lived Darnold period in New York has formally come to an finish, with the Jets sending quarterback Sam Darnold to the Panthers in change for a 2021 sixth-round choose, a 2022 second-round choose and a 2022 fourth-round choose.

The Panthers are additionally reportedly selecting up Darnold’s fifth-year choice, which suggests Darnold may have two years with Carolina to show that he is the man of the longer term for Matt Rhule and Co.

The Jets, who many believed have been deciding on a quarterback with the No. 2 choose within the 2021 NFL Draft, have just about cemented that now. The Panthers get a broken passer for a hefty value.

Here is how the commerce grades out:

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Sam Darnold commerce grades

Carolina: B

This commerce actually hinges on what the Panthers suppose Darnold will be shifting ahead: A second-round choose, even a 12 months into the longer term, is an honest value to pay for a QB who has had turnover points and hasn’t proven a modicum of consistency since coming into the league in 2018.

Then you definately add within the fourth-rounder in 2022 and a sixth this 12 months, and also you get the sense that Carolina actually, actually desires to consider it will work.

Merely put, this entire deal comes right down to a single phrase: Potential. Darnold, the previous No. 3 total choose, would possibly nonetheless have a few of that in his proper arm, however there’s a number of work to be executed — particularly for a quarterback with turnover points (39 interceptions in 38 video games) and has had issue staying wholesome at occasions.

The Carolina group believes they’ve a great construction in place to assist Darnold, and rightfully so: head coach Matt Rhule has already made his stamp on the franchise, offensive coordinator Joe Brady did a great job with a restricted offensive assault behind Teddy Bridgewater in 2020 and the group has been one of many extra secure and aggressive groups within the league for the higher a part of a decade.

Whereas Carolina doubtless most well-liked different passers this offseason — Houston’s Deshaun Watson was definitely one, Matthew Stafford was one other — squeezing that little bit of potential and “fixing” what Darnold has change into is likely to be value it for Carolina. Giving Darnold a operating recreation with Christian McCaffrey and reuniting him with favourite goal Robby Anderson may definitely assist, ease the burden, as effectively.

Take into account that Rhule was a finalist for the Jets head teaching job earlier than the gig in the end went to Adam Gase, Rhule doubtless feels that there is a lot left within the tank than what Darnold has proven.

However then…

If it wasn’t Darnold, then who? Teddy Bridgewater and Carolina appear to be one the highway to a divorce, and with Carolina sitting at No. 8 within the 2021 NFL Draft — and three stud quarterbacks doubtless going within the prime 5 — it was a tough highway to navigate for a rookie passer.

With the Panthers trying to find the following franchise man, they will hope that Darnold’s “flashes” have been a preview of what is to return.

Jets: A-

From the second the Jets employed basic supervisor Joe Douglas, the clock on the Darnold tenure began to tick.

It is a story as outdated as time: the GM desires to choose his head coach, and his head coach desires to choose his quarterback. Adam Gase wasn’t Douglas’ man; and neither was Sam Darnold, who was drafted the 12 months previous to Douglas’ arrival. They’ve an opportunity to take a QB at No. 2 total this 12 months and at last (perhaps? probably?) discover a solution on the QB place.

Whether or not it was the dearth of organizational assist, the Gase head teaching rent, the roster mismanagement or the truth that Darnold wasn’t Douglas’ man, the Darnold period in New York was … ugly. Asking any quarterback to reach that state of affairs is hard, a lot much less a quarterback who many figured to be a bit little bit of a venture popping out of USC.

Holding Darnold for 12 months 4 was by no means an choice for New York — not except he balled out in 2020 and overcame main obstacles. As a substitute, Darnold regressed and made the choice that a lot simpler for Douglas.

Douglas and the Jets have been put in a no-win state of affairs heading into the 2021 season had they saved Darnold: Had Darnold had a beautiful 12 months, do you lengthen him at large cash? If he has a median 12 months, the place do you go from there?

Douglas lower bait on Darnold — the clever organizational transfer — earlier than having to reply that query, doubtless resetting the QB state of affairs with a rookie deal. 

The one actual knock for the Jets right here, when you may even name it one, is what the Jets may have gotten again within the immedia. Might the Jets have used a greater choose in 2021 on this commerce? Sure. Did they maximize their return for a man who wasn’t the reply in New York? Additionally sure.

Douglas did probably the most he may to get worth out of a sunk value for a quarterback who hasn’t confirmed he can elevate gamers round him, whatever the state of affairs. It is form of loopy to think about everybody and their mom knew the Jets have been going to take a QB this 12 months — and by some means the Jets nonetheless squeezed a second-rounder out of the state of affairs.

Whereas experiences recommended that Darnold may have gone for a first-round choose earlier within the offseason, the Jets getting one other future high-round choose and extra for a quarterback who wasn’t going to be their man shifting ahead is nothing wanting wizardry for the Jets GM.

Now, New York, with the No. 2 choose within the draft, will definitely choose a passer: whether or not that is BYU’s Zach Wilson, Ohio State’s Justin Fields or North Dakota State’s Trey lance stays to be seen. However what we do know, is that Darnold will not be the man.


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