Jets feared QB controversy if that they had saved Sam Darnold


A day after transport Sam Darnold off to Carolina, Jets common supervisor Joe Douglas defined the transfer and hinted at what’s forward.

With out popping out and saying it, he didn’t throw any chilly water on the concept the staff is dedicated to taking BYU quarterback Zach Wilson with the No. 2-overall choose within the draft on April 29. Requested whether it is truthful to say the Jets are locked in on taking a quarterback after transferring Darnold on Monday, Douglas didn’t disagree.

“I feel that’s a good evaluation to say,” Douglas stated. “I feel primarily based on the choice we made [Monday], you may sort of see the route we’re heading.”

The Jets obtained three picks from the Panthers — a sixth-round choose this 12 months, a second-round choose subsequent 12 months and a fourth-round choose subsequent 12 months — in return for the 23-year-old Darnold.

Douglas praised Darnold’s toughness and work ethic, and stated the Jets wouldn’t be making this transfer in the event that they weren’t drafting this excessive.

“I feel it’s protected to say that if our choose was a bit of later, we wouldn’t be having this dialogue proper now,” Douglas stated. “We’d totally be comfy proper now transferring ahead with Sam.”

However after debating the choice for months, the Jets settled on buying and selling Darnold and hitting the reset button with a rookie quarterback.

“In the end, we felt like this was a call that was greatest for all events,” Douglas stated.

The Jets thought of holding onto Darnold to pair with the rookie quarterback this 12 months, however feared the quarterback controversy that may develop and the potential for it to be a distraction.

“We felt that that wouldn’t be the perfect state of affairs for Sam, the rookie quarterback, Coach [Robert] Saleh and his workers and the locker room,” Douglas stated. “We felt like this was the perfect resolution for your complete group transferring ahead in hitting the reset button.”

Douglas stated it was not a simple resolution to half methods with Darnold.

“Sam’s a stud,” Douglas stated. “Sam’s one in every of my favourite folks on the staff simply from a character, work ethic, toughness standpoint. While you make selections like this, clearly there’s a human aspect to it. You hate shedding good folks. I do really feel Sam’s greatest soccer is in entrance of him. I be ok with his touchdown spot, too.”

Darnold is the newest first-round choose to get traded by the Jets. They’ve moved Sheldon Richardson (2013), Calvin Pryor (2014), Leonard Williams (2015), Darron Lee (2016), Jamal Adams (2017) and now Darnold in recent times. Douglas traded Williams, Adams and Darnold. It isn’t an excellent search for the group and one which Douglas wants to vary.

Jets Sam Danold trade, NFL Draft 2021 Zach Wilson
Sam Darnold, Zach Wilson
N.Y. Put up: Charles Wenzelberg; AP

“We wish to be an ideal staff that drafts, develops and retains their gamers not draft, develop and commerce,” Douglas stated.

The flip facet of buying and selling away all these gamers is Douglas is now armed with 21 draft selections within the subsequent two years. He can rebuild a staff that went 2-14 final 12 months and has did not make the playoffs for a decade.

“We felt actually good with the worth and the compensation we had been in a position to get from Carolina,” Douglas stated. “As we’re sitting right here now, we’ve loads of alternative in entrance of us — 21 picks within the subsequent two drafts, together with 10 within the first three rounds. However with that chance we all know we’ve to profit from it and hit on these picks.”

Douglas additionally is aware of that he must do a greater job surrounding Wilson with an excellent staff than he and his predecessor Mike Maccagann did giving Darnold assist.

“We’ve got to encompass our subsequent quarterback with as a lot expertise as attainable,” Douglas stated.

By drafting Wilson, the Jets now get to begin over with a quarterback on his rookie deal. Darnold has one 12 months remaining on his contract, and the Jets weren’t going to choose up his choice for 2022. That will imply an extension subsequent 12 months. As a substitute, they will spend that cash elsewhere.

“We felt in the end on the finish of the day this was a possibility,” Douglas stated. “We really feel actually good in regards to the draft class as a complete and the quarterback class particularly. This was a possibility to hit the reset button financially, so to talk.”


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