Sam Darnold still has one year remaining on his rookie contract, which makes him cost-efficient, and yet many are assuming he won’t be on the Jets roster next season.
The Jets have the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft, putting them in position to take a signal-caller, even though if they trade down, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’d move on from Darnold. On the other hand, he was the third overall pick in the 2018 draft, and they give up three second-rounders to acquire him. Not only that, he’s still on a rookie deal, making him an attractive “reclamation project” for other teams, in terms of a potential trade haul.
And while the Jets are rebuilding, with a new coaching staff, general manager Joe Douglas knows Darnold well, even though he didn’t draft the USC product. It will likely be up to him and new head coach Robert Saleh, in regards to what the Jets do with Darnold. And if you ask Saleh, anything is possible.
It sure looks like the Jets are shopping Darnold, and are making sure they don’t hurt his stock, so they get the biggest haul possible.