With Matthew Stafford and Carson Wentz on the move, the attention now shifts to Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson and New York Jets QB Sam Darnold. The Philadelphia Eagles, who reportedly wanted a Stafford-esque package for Wentz, traded him to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2021 third-round draft pick and a 2022 second-round pick.
When it comes to Darnold, he will likely not garner a Stafford-esque deal, which involved multiple first-round picks. But according to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.tv, the former first-round pick’s value is still being projected as a second-round pick, along with maybe another mid-to-late round draft pick attached.
The NFL insider also added that league sources said that after the Wentz’s trade, Darnold’s value did not move the needle. The 23-year-old quarterback has not had the greatest start to his NFL career, which could be for a myriad of reasons. According to Vacchiano, many around the NFL point to bad coaching and just the lack of talented offensive weapons for Darnold’s rough start.
Last season, the former USC quarterback completed 59.6 percent of his passes for 2,208, nine touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. While Darnold is five years younger than Wentz and still on his rookie deal, it is hard to necessarily gauge what type of quarterback is or will be.
Now granted, if he played better this past season in a less than stellar situation with the Jets, then we might’ve seen more conversation surrounding Darnold on the trade market. However, it is hard to see him being moved at this moment, especially when the QB-needy teams could possibly use their first-round pick on Justin Fields, Zach Wilson, Mac Jones, or Trey Lance.