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Jets’ decision not to trade Sam Darnold sooner proving costly

The quarterback market has dried up, and that’s unfortunate for one particular team looking to move its veteran signal-caller.

The Jets traded the farm to move up and select Sam Darnold with the second overall pick in the 2018 draft, but he’s never resembled a franchise quarterback. In his defense, though, the Jets have been dysfunctional from a coaching and management standpoint, making a number of changes in just the past few seasons, forcing Darnold to learn new systems.

But turnovers and inconsistency continue to plague Darnold, and while he’s been impressive in spurts, he doesn’t appear to be the guy to elevate a bad team. Instead, Darnold might be better suited to play in an environment where a team builds a strong offensive line and receiving corps around him. As such, the Jets have been shopping him behind the scenes, and the rumors have indicated they’d look to move him some time around the draft. That might not have been a good idea, though, as the quarterback market has dried up, and the Jets may not get the return they’re seeking.

This isn’t surprising, and the Jets should’ve seen this coming after the Matthew Stafford trade.