Carolina Panthers trade draft picks for New York Jets QB Sam Darnold

Carolina Panthers
Sam Darnold

FILE – New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold rolls out to pass against the New England Patriots in the first half of an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass., in this Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, file photo. The 23-year-old quarterback was considered an untouchable player on the roster only a year ago. General manager Joe Douglas has backed off that stance, though, and it could signal a major change at the position as free agency and the NFL draft approach. “I will answer the call if it’s made,” Douglas said Wednesday, March 3, 2021, when asked if he’d listen to offers for Darnold from other teams. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WNCN) — Ahead of the NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers have found another quarterback not named Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields or Zach Wilson.

Instead, the Panthers will trade its 2021 sixth-round pick and second – and fourth-round picks in 2022 to the New York Jets for Sam Darnold.

Darnold, who is still 23 years old was the third overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

In his three NFL seasons, Darnold has thrown 45 touchdowns and 39 interceptions, compiling a 13-25 record in his 38 starts.

Darnold is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2022 season and may be expecting a sizeable payday, despite his inconsistent play.

He will compete with incumbent signal-caller Teddy Bridgewater as the team looks to improve upon its abysmal 5-11 season.

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