Jets trade Sam Darnold to Panthers

The New York Jets traded quarterback Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers on Monday in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and second- and fourth-round selections in 2022.The Jets hold the No. 2 overall pick in this month’s draft. They are expected to take a quarterback, whether it be BYU’s Zach Wilson, Ohio State’s Justin Fields, North Dakota State’s Trey Lance or Alabama’s Mac Jones.Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence is projected to be taken with the top overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars.”I want to publicly acknowledge the commitment, dedication, and professionalism Sam displayed while with the Jets,” general manager Joe Douglas said. “He is a tough-minded, talented football player whose NFL story has not been written yet. While all these things are true, this move is in the short- and long-term best interests for both this team and him. We thank Sam for all of his work on behalf of this organization and wish him well as he continues his career.”The move to acquire Darnold puts fellow quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s status in question with the Panthers.Bridgewater, 28, threw for 3,733 yards with 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 15 games last season, his first with Carolina. He also rushed for 279 yards with five scores.