QB Sam Darnold - Carolina Panthers

6-4, 225Born: 6-5-1997College: Southern CaliforniaDrafted: Round 1, pick 3 (2018)

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NFL | WAS, SF showed interest in Sam Darnold (Wed Apr 7, 03:43 PM) - Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers QB Sam Darnold was on the receiving end of 'a hard look' from the San Francisco 49ers and the Washington Football Team before the start of free agency, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport. Darnold was traded from the New York Jets to the Panthers for three draft picks Monday, April 5.

Our View: Washington has Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starter but he's not a long-term answer. Perhaps Darnold with a fresh start could have been that. The 49ers clearly want to move on from Jimmy Garoppolo, and that's why they moved up to no.3 overall in the draft. Darnold now gets to see if he can play up to his potential with the Panthers.
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Panthers | Sam Darnold's option to be picked up (Mon Apr 5, 04:19 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Sam Darnold will have his fifth-year option exercised this offseason, according to a source.

Our View: That's the reports after the trade. This way the Panthers have control of Darnold through the 2022 season. If he plays well, we're sure the team would try to sign him to a long-term deal.
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Jets | NYJ trades Sam Darnold (Mon Apr 5, 04:06 PM) - New York Jets QB Sam Darnold was traded to the Carolina Panthers Monday, April 5, in exchange for a 2021 sixth-round draft choice, a 2022 second-round draft choice and a 2022 fourth-round draft choice.

Our View: It's not much of a haul for Darnold, a top-5 pick in the 2018 NFL draft. The team needed and wanted a fresh start, so moving on from Darnold makes sense. This opens the way for the quarterback they're taking at no.2 overall (likely Zach Wilson) to be the unquestioned starter.
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Panthers | Carolina acquires Sam Darnold (Mon Apr 5, 04:01 PM) - New York Jets QB Sam Darnold was acquired by the Carolina Panthers Monday, April 5, in exchange for a 2021 sixth-round draft choice, a 2022 second-round draft choice and a 2022 fourth-round draft choice.

Our View: The Panthers are getting a quarterback who could turn things around post Adam Gase (see Ryan Tannehill) and they're not giving up that much for him. Darnold gives the team a starter with experience who could be an upgrade over Teddy Bridgewater. The Panthers wanted Deshaun Watson (Texans) but that's no longer the case with the legal issues around him. Darnold gives them a cheap option with upside. This likely takes quarterback off the board with the no.8 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft.
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