Report: Sam Darnold Worth a Third-Rounder “At Best”
March 29Matt LaMarcaSportsGrid
It sounds like Jets’ fans who were expecting the team to cash in Darnold for a premium draft pick are going to be disappointed. ESPN’s Kimberley Martin reports that three she spoke to three NFL GMs about the current Jets quarterback, and all three GMs said that the most they’d be willing to trade for Darnold is a third-round draft pick. One even said that a late third-rounder would be “a little rich,” while another said they would consider “maybe a third or a conditional fourth.”
A sample size of three GMs doesn’t mean that no one is willing to meet the Jets’ asking price, but it doesn’t bode well for his market. Darnold has struggled as an NFL quarterback, and he limped to an average of 5.2 adjusted yards per attempt last season. That was the worst mark of his career, and he also posted a record of 2-10 as a starter. The Jets have not put Darnold in a situation to succeed, but there have been plenty of young quarterbacks in bad situations that have performed better than Darnold. Any team who trades for him is clearly making a gamble, so the Jets might not get as much as they’re hoping for.
The Jets are not expected to be very competitive next season, and they’re currently listed at +8000 to win Super LVI on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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