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Sam Darnold’s future with Panthers just got very messy

April 24, 2021 | 1:26pm | Updated

 

Just when Sam Darnold’s future looked cleared up, it’s messy again.

Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer said the team won’t decide on Darnold’s fifth-year option for the 2022 season until after the 2021 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday.

It was reported soon after the Panthers traded three draft picks for Darnold on April 5 that they planned to exercise the $18.5 million contract option – so this represents either a reconsideration or a draft smokescreen.

The deadline for NFL teams to decide whether to pick up fifth-year options on all of the 2018 first-round draft picks is May 3. That is four months before the beginning of each player’s fourth season. Most teams wait until after the draft, even when an option is obviously going to be exercised, like the Giants and Saquon Barkley.

“We have a strong plan in place,” Fitterer said.

It sounds blasphemous to think that the Panthers would trade for Darnold as a one-year rental when two of the picks they gave up as compensation are in the 2022 draft. Declining his option would mean opening a door for him to leave in free agency, having to negotiate a long-term extension sooner than expected or having to use the highly expensive franchise tag to keep him around.

 

Is it possible the Panthers could draft a quarterback like Mac Jones, Justin Fields or Trey Lance with the No. 8 pick next week? If they do, then the writing is on the wall not to pick up Darnold’s option. It sounds more like a bluff to create a trade market for the pick.

“There’s actually several of them that we’re excited about,” Fitterer said of the quarterbacks. “But we’re not going to get into exactly who.”

Darnold was supposed to be the quarterback of the future for the Jets. That lasted just three disappointing seasons of roster, coaching and front-office turnover before he was traded to make way for presumptive No. 2 pick Zach Wilson.

 

The Panthers could use the No. 8 pick to draft an elite pass-catcher or a left tackle to help Darnold grow. Or they could set up drama.

“I think you always learn from experiences you have, and it’s not just quarterbacks,” Fitterer said. “It’s every position. I believe in bringing in the best players that can fit your team, create competition and upgrade your roster. So whether it’s a quarterback, a corner, it doesn’t matter. It’s how do they fit our team, what’s the path for success and what’s our plan.”

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Just now, Beerfish said:

No big deal, smart Gming

Never make  move until you have to. 

If a guy you never expected to be there falls to you at 8 or if you trade back, guy falls to you later as unlikely as it may be you have not committed to anything. 

It also adds to he bluff of we are taking a QB maybe

simply smart GMing

I agree with this.  Even more surprising than when they announced the terms of the trade was when they announced that they would be picking up his option.  It seemed a bit premature.

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8 minutes ago, adobolo2 said:

 josh allen's 5th year option has not been picked up yet either, if it looks bad for sam's future on the Panters does the same rule apply for Allen on the bills? No of course not and this is a nothing story.

Because they are working on a long term extension (Josh Allen)

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3 minutes ago, Philc1 said:

Is it really that complicated?  The panthers can wait until after the draft

Not complicated at all.  But it was widely reported that the Panthers picked up the option when the trade was made, which a lot of people thought was odd.  Turns out it was not so odd because it never happened.

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1 minute ago, BroadwayRay said:

This ain’t no bluff. The Panthers have been hot for a franchise QB since the start of the draft season. If Fields or Lance drops to them, they’re making the pick. 

And they will have just traded three picks for a one-year backup.  Or maybe they'll start Sam till he gets hurt.

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1 minute ago, Bruce Harper said:

Not complicated at all.  But it was widely reported that the Panthers picked up the option when the trade was made, which a lot of people thought was odd.  Turns out it was not so odd because it never happened.

I never heard anything other than the option for Sam had a deadline after the draft.  Maybe some clowns on twitter like fake news

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6 minutes ago, Philc1 said:

I never heard anything other than the option for Sam had a deadline after the draft.  Maybe some clowns on twitter like fake news

Here's one:

Panthers picking up Sam Darnold's fifth-year option

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April 5, 2021 4:28 pm

We didn’t have to wait long to find out if the Panthers were going to pick up their new quarterback’s fifth-year option.

Not long after Adam Schefter at ESPN reported that the team is trading three draft picks to the Jets for Sam Darnold, Jonathan Jones at CBS Sports reported that Carolina will in fact exercise Darnold’s fifth-year option.

 

There are questions about Darnold’s play during his time in New York (at least his TD/INT ratio). However, from a salary cap perspective it’s not hard to justify bringing him in by any measure.

Darnold is entering what would have been the final year of his rookie deal with the Jets. Over the Cap says his cap number in 2021 is a little under $10 million. By picking up the option, the Panthers have Darnold guaranteed to make $18.8 million for the 2022 season – still a relatively small number for a starting quarterback these days.

 

 

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1 hour ago, munchmemory said:

I can now sit here listening to music whilst sipping a nice Provençal rose and just not give two sh*ts about Sam Darnold or what is his fate in the NFL.   Beautiful.  Thanks again, JD.

Upvote for Provence. You’ve got good taste in wine from your post history.

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