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Report: Eight Teams Have Called The New York Jets About A Possible Sam Darnold Trade

Per Breer, nobody has blown the Jets away with an incredible offer yet and the plan is still currently to wait until after they attend the pro days for NDSU’s Trey Lance (March 12), BYU’s Zach Wilson (March 26), and OSU’s Justin Fields (March 31) before making a final decision on Darnold’s fate.

As uStadium co-founder Nick Spano reported weeks ago and as New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas confirmed himself during a press conference last week, the New York Jets have been taking phone calls regarding the possibility of trading their incumbent starting quarterback Sam Darnold.

However, we learned nee details this morning, as MMQB’s Albert Breer reports that eight teams have called about the former USC star with “varying levels of interest.”

Per Breer, nobody has blown the Jets away with an incredible offer yet and the plan is still currently to wait until after they attend the pro days for NDSU’s Trey Lance (March 12), BYU’s Zach Wilson (March 26), and OSU’s Justin Fields (March 31) before making a final decision on Darnold’s fate.

That said, the team understands that by waiting past the start of free agency, franchises that are interested in trading for Darnold could go in a different direction at quarterback and lessen the market demand for the man who was the #3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Teams that Breer anticipates being the most aggressive with Darnold are the Chicago Bears, Washington, and the San Francisco 49ers.

In the case of Washington and Chicago, Breer believes Darnold is their only chance at acquiring a young, potential franchise quarterback because both teams draft too low (#19 and #20 respectively) to come away with one of the 2021 draft’s top signal-callers.

As for San Francisco, the thought is that Darnold would be a strong fit in head coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense and could offer a young, cheap option to a team that has an uncomfortable salary cap situation and a large number of free agents that need to be paid.

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Scott Mason is a 35 year New York Jets season ticket holder and the host of the daily New York Jets podcast "Play Like A Jet." Follow him on Twitter to discuss all things Gang Green @playlikeajet1 and subscribe to the podcast on Apple, Google, Stitcher, Spotify, and anywhere else you can download podcasts. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/play-like-a-jet-new-york-jets/id1236901698

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Tyler Ferraro

    March 8, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Makes getting a quality stop-gap/mentor/backup QB all the more important

    If 8teams have already called they must have a sense of which way they are leaning and some of the potential offers

  2. Andrew Morgan

    March 8, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    Hi Scott,

    love your work and have been a PLAJ listener for a few years now and love the new site, I was just wondering if you were looking for any contributors, specifically writers. I don’t see any contact information available but you can reach me at amorg0903@gmail.com . I’m an NJIT Grad and lifetime Jets fan, not sure if you were even looking for additional help but would love to send you some sample material sometime.

    Thanks,
    Andrew

  3. Rick Cooley

    March 8, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    If Darnold is a “strong fit” for Kyle Shanahan’s offense why is he not the same for LaFleur’s offense?

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