Three years after hailing him as a franchise savior, the New York Jets traded Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers, ending months of intense speculation about their quarterback plans.
In return for Darnold, the No. 3 overall draft pick in 2018, the Jets received three picks: a sixth-rounder in the 2021 draft and a second-rounder and fourth-rounder in 2022.
Without a proven quarterback on the roster, the Jets are expected to select Darnold’s replacement with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 draft in Cleveland. The leading candidate is BYU’s Zach Wilson, who has met virtually multiple times with the Jets’ brass.