The Panthers have picked up Darnold's fifth-year contract option, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Per the report, the decision to do so guarantees Darnold $18.9 million in 2022, keeping him under team control for the next two seasons. Darnold, who the Panthers obtained from the Jets earlier this month in exchange for second-, fourth- and sixth-round draft picks, thus appears locked in as the team's franchise signal-caller for the foreseeable future. That's a notion solidified by the team having dealt Teddy Bridgewater to Denver on Wednesday and then passing on taking a QB with the eighth overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday. Currently in the mix to back up Darnold are Will Grier, P.J. Walker and Tommy Stevens, but it's possible the team could bring in additional competition for the assignment.
The Jets traded Darnold to the Panthers on Monday in exchange for a 2021 sixth-round pick and 2022 second-round and fourth-round picks.
The Jets ended up coming away with a strong haul for Darnold, who wasn't expected to be in the team's plans for 2021 with the likelihood of New York selecting a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming draft. As for the Panthers, a Teddy Bridgewater trade could be on deck, as Carolina plans to exercise the fifth-year option on Darnold's rookie contract, according to Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports. Darnold thus looks positioned to enter 2021 as Carolina's starter, and though he struggled to find consistent success during his three years in New York, the Panthers are hopeful that offensive coordinator Joe Brady and a pass-catching corps highlighted by Robby Anderson, DJ Moore and Christian McCaffrey can get the best out of the 23-year-old signal-caller.
Jets general manager Joe Douglas said Wednesday he will "answer the call" when trade offers come in for Darnold, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.
Douglas also said that his stance on Darnold "hasn't changed," adding that he has "no doubt" about the young signal-caller eventually achieving his "outstanding potential." The Jets have previously indicated that the team wouldn't be making a move at quarterback until evaluations of April's draft class had been fully completed, so Douglas' admission that the team will listen to trade offers for Darnold represents a significant change in tone. Rich Cimini of ESPN.com relays that Douglas still feels there's "no hard timetable" on a decision regarding Darnold's future, however. With the No. 2 overall pick in hand in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Jets will certainly be in position to select one of the top quarterbacks on the board if the team elects to move on from Darnold.
The Jets intend to fully evaluate the 2021 NFL Draft's quarterback prospects before making a decision about Darnold's future with the team, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Rapoport notes that the Jets have gotten "real interest" about dealing Darnold, who the team selected No. 3 overall back in the 2018 NFL Draft, but that any deal will have to wait until after top prospects have completed their Pro Days and subsequent interviews. Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York recently estimated that Darnold could return value around the range of a "second-round pick, plus maybe another mid-to-late rounder" should the Jets indeed decide to deal him, with potential suitors including the Bears, Panthers, Broncos, 49ers, Patriots and Washington. Darnold, who will turn 24 this offseason, is coming off a pedestrian third year, with just 2,208 passing yards and nine touchdowns versus 11 interceptions across 12 appearances. He noticeably was more productive in 2019 over a similar span of games, with 3,024 passing yards and a 19:13 TD:INT in 13 contests.
Darnold completed 23 of 34 passes for 266 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Sunday's 28-14 loss to the Patriots. He added three yards on one rushing attempt in the season finale.
After struggling to move the football for most of the first half, Darnold tied the score at seven apiece with a 21-yard touchdown to Chris Herndon 1:40 before halftime. He was picked off with the game tied at 14 apiece in the third quarter and threw a crucial interception in the end zone to end New York's chances of coming back in the fourth. This pedestrian performance remarkably marked a season high in passing yards for Darnold, who finishes his third NFL season with 2,208 yards and an ugly 9:11 TD:INT in 12 appearances. Given the regression from the third overall pick in the 2018 draft, New York is expected to draft Darnold's replacement with the second overall pick in the upcoming draft.
Darnold completed 16 of 32 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 23-16 win over the Browns. He added 20 yards on seven rushing attempts.
After throwing a key block on a 44-yard Jamison Crowder passing touchdown to Braxton Berrios in the first quarter, Darnold tossed a touchdown pass of his own from 11 yards out to Chris Herndon in the second. The third-year quarterback added a 30-yard touchdown to Crowder to take a 20-3 lead in the third, and the Jets were able to hang on from there. Darnold's TD:INT is still a dreadful 8:9 and he hasn't thrown for more than 230 yards in a game this year, but he has now gone three consecutive games without an interception for the first time since the last three weeks of his rookie season. Keeping that streak alive won't be easy in Week 17 against a Patriots defense that has flummoxed Darnold in previous meetings.
Darnold completed 22 of 31 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-20 upset of the Rams. He added 18 rushing yards on five carries.
The former USC Trojan put together a workmanlike performance in his return to Los Angeles, but Darnold avoided making mistakes against a tough Rams defense and did just enough to get the Jets their first win of the season -- and hurt the team's chances of being able to draft Trevor Lawrence to replace him in the process. It was the first time Darnold had topped 200 passing yards since Week 4, giving him some glimmer of momentum heading into Week 16's home tilt against the Browns.
Darnold completed 14 of 26 passes for 132 yards in Sunday's 40-3 loss to the Seahawks.
While the quarterback didn't commit any turnovers, there were no other positives to take away from this performance for Darnold or for the Jets offense as a whole. It's the fifth straight start in which he's failed to throw for at least 200 yards, and Darnold's fantasy outlook doesn't figure to improve in Week 15 on the road against the Rams.
Darnold completed 14 of 23 passes for 186 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 31-28 loss to the Raiders. He added three carries for 26 yards and a touchdown, lost two fumbles and threw a two-point conversion.
Darnold threw a pair of first-half touchdowns to Jamison Crowder but also turned it over three times, with an interception and two fumbles. He took better care of the ball in the second half and pulled New York within three with a physical four-yard rushing touchdown followed by a two-point conversion to Denzel Mims. His first attempt at the two-point try was intercepted, but Darnold made the most of a second chance provided by a flag on the defense. Ty Johnson's one-yard rushing score on the ensuing possession put New York up by four in the fourth quarter, but the Jets went 3-and-out with a chance to run out the clock and allowed a 46-yard touchdown to Henry Ruggs with five seconds left to fall to 0-12. Darnold's capable of the occasional big play with his legs but still has a dreadful 5:9 TD:INT heading into a Week 14 trip to Seattle, as this was his first multi-touchdown passing performance of the season.
Darnold (shoulder) completed 16 of 27 passes for 197 yards and two interceptions while adding nine yards on two rushing attempts in Sunday's 20-3 loss to the Dolphins.
Darnold came out hot in his first action since Week 8, hitting all three of his passes for 60 yards on the opening drive, but New York had to settle for a field goal after a third-down sack. He cooled down from there, as a missed chip-shot field goal and a turnover on downs deep in Miami territory were all the Jets could muster the rest of the way. Darnold has been outplayed by backup Joe Flacco this season -- the third-year quarterback has a dreadful 3:8 TD:INT in seven appearances heading into a Week 13 meeting with the Raiders.
Darnold (right shoulder) has been cleared to start Sunday versus the Dolphins, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
After capping the week with back-to-back full listings on the injury report, Darnold is ready to suit up for the first time since Week 8. In six appearances this season, he's managed to surpass 200 yards twice, but Miami only boasts a mid-tier pass defense (20th, 246.4 yards per game). Having said that, Darnold likely will be without a familiar right tackle, as both George Fant (ankle) and Chuma Edoga (ankle) are doubtful to play Sunday.
Darnold (shoulder) is expected to start Sunday against the Dolphins, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
The 23-year-old is set to practice without limitations for the second straight day, putting him on track to return from a two-game absence this weekend. Assuming all goes well during Friday's practice, Darnold should avoid an injury designation for Sunday.
Darnold (shoulder) practiced fully Thursday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
That's an upgrade from the QB's limited participation Wednesday. With a full session under his belt, Darnold -- who last suited up in Week 8 -- is now on track to return to action Sunday against the Dolphins, barring a setback.
Jets head coach Adam Gase said Darnold (shoulder) will be a limited participant at practice Wednesday, Ethan B. Greenberg of the team's official site reports.
That said, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record relays that Darnold is slated to "have a pretty full workload," a positive early sign for the quarterback's chances of putting an end to a two-game absence Sunday against the Dolphins. Before reaching a decision on his status for Week 12, however, the Jets will evaluate Darnold on a day-by-day basis in each of the team's three practices. Joe Flacco would pick up another start Sunday if Darnold can't gain clearance to play.
The Jets are expected to evaluate Darnold (shoulder) on Wednesday before making a decision about his Week 12 availability, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.
Darnold hasn't played since Week 8 due to a lingering AC joint injury in his right shoulder, but Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York has reported that coach Adam Gase said the young signal-caller has a "good shot" to return against Miami on Sunday. It sounds like the Jets are satisfied with how Darnold has progressed in his throwing routine, per Vacchiano, but the team remains concerned about re-injury. As Rich Cimini of ESPN.com notes, Darnold said Monday that a worst-case scenario for aggravating his shoulder would be another 2-to-3-week absence.
Darnold (shoulder) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
With Darnold still sidelined, Joe Flacco -- who threw for season highs in yards (262) and touchdowns (three) in the Jets' loss to the Patriots in Week 9 - will log the start Sunday against the Chargers. Looking ahead, coach Adam Gase noted Friday that Darnold has a "good shot" to return to action in Week 12 against the Dolphins, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
Darnold (shoulder) is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Darnold hasn't practiced all week, so while he's not officially ruled out, he doesn't seem to have much hope of suiting up, even as an emergency backup. With Darnold on the mend from the shoulder injury, Joe Flacco -- who threw for season highs in yards (262) and touchdowns (three) in a Week 9 loss to the Patriots -- is in line to start against the struggling Los Angeles defense.
Coach Adam Gase said Friday that Darnold (shoulder) has a "good shot" to return to action the Jets' Week 12 game against the Dolphins, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports .
Darnold has already been ruled out ahead of Sunday's game against the Chargers due to a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder, paving the way for Joe Flacco to draw another start. The 23-year-old is trending in the right direction for Week 12, but his activity in practice next week will ultimately dictate whether or not he's fit to play. Darnold has just 1,045 passing yards and a 3:6 TD:INT through six appearances.
Darnold (shoulder) said Monday that he's "very confident" he will retake the field before the end of the 2020 season, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.
Per Al Iannazzone of Newsday, Darnold is nursing an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder, the severity of which will cause him to sit out Sunday's game against the Chargers. That will represent Darnold's second straight missed game and his fourth absence of the year. Rich Cimini of ESPN.com notes that the Jets don't consider Darnold a candidate for IR and that the team has labeled him week-to-week. In the meantime, Joe Flacco will command the Jets offense.
Darnold (shoulder) won't suit up in Sunday's game versus the Chargers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The Jets are exercising caution as the 23-year-old quarterback recovers from a shoulder injury that he picked up Week 8. According to Rich Cimini of ESPN.com, coach Adam Gase said the team is "cautiously optimistic" that Darnold will return Week 12 against the Dolphins, adding that he's week-to-week and IR is not on the table at this time. Until Darnold returns, Joe Flacco is expected to start under center for the Jets.
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