Jets GM confirms he'll take calls about trading QB Sam Darnold

Liz Roscher
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New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas met with the media on Wednesday and revealed that if any teams call him about trading for quarterback Sam Darnold, he will be picking up the phone and listening.

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“I will answer the call, if it’s made," Douglas said, confirming a February report from ESPN's Adam Schefter that the Jets are listening to trade offers for their quarterback.

Darnold compliments are missing one key element

After confirming that he'll be answering Darnold trade calls, Douglas showered Darnold with compliments about his potential, though Douglas notably didn't say Darnold would be realizing that potential with the Jets.

"Sam is, we think, a dynamic player in this league with unbelievable talent, who really, really has a chance to really hit his outstanding potential moving forward," Douglas said, adding "but if calls are made, I will answer them.”

Douglas also complimented Darnold earlier in the session.

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Again, the phrase "with us, the New York Jets" is missing from the end of "we have no doubt that he's going to achieve his outstanding potential." You're not going to get a head coach to outright admit that they want to trade their No. 1 quarterback, but sometimes they leave clues — especially if they have the No. 2 pick in the upcoming draft, as the Jets do.

Trading Darnold honestly feels like a no-brainer for the Jets at this point. They know who he is, and working with new head coach Robert Saleh isn't likely to transform him into a different quarterback. Having that No. 2 draft pick opens so many doors for the Jets. Well, it opens one in particular — a door that leads to a new quarterback who isn't Darnold.

The Jets' last effort at a rebuild has been a miserable failure, so maybe they should flip the mattress and start with not just a brand new head coach, but a new, non-Darnold quarterback. Douglas shouldn't just be listening to trade calls, he should be camping out by the phone 24/7, waiting for it to ring.

FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 03:  Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets warms up before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 3, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
Jets GM Joe Douglas thinks quarterback Sam Darnold is the bees knees, but he's still going to answer calls about trading him. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

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