After another disappointing season in 2020-21, the New York Jets had a decision to make. The organization decided to move starting quarterback Sam Darnold in the offseason. The move made room for Zach Wilson, the team’s second pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. He filled the vacancy in New York as a starting quarterback, while Darnold was sent to the Carolina Panthers in a trade.
Fast forward to the 2022 NFL offseason. Darnold completed his first season on the Panthers roster and still has one year left on his contract.
The former Jets quarterback joined Taylor Lewan of the Tennessee Titans and free agent Will Compton’s podcast, “Bussin’ with the Boys.” During his appearance, according to Pro Football Talk, Darnold revealed he told the Jets they were “making a mistake” in exiting.
Darnold accepted his fate and started the 2021-22 season as a starter for the Panthers. However, he was unable to prove the Jets wrong, and his job as a starting quarterback is once again on the line. Six quarterback draft prospects are set to visit Carolina ahead of the draft, according to PFF .
So far, it doesn’t look like the Jets made the wrong decision by trading Darnold last offseason. He played in 12 games last season, recording 243 completions for 2,527 yards and nine touchdowns. Darnold also had 13 interceptions and was sacked 35 times for a total loss of 204 yards.