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New York Jets General Manager Joe Douglas Admits His ‘Fair Assessment’ Team Will Write No.2 QB |  NFL News


The New York Jets recently traded quarterback Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for one 2021 draft pick and two 2022 picks; They are now expected to select BYU quarterback Zach Wilson with the No. 2 overall pick

Last updated: 07/04/21 11:15 am

Jets general manager Joe Douglas is expected to seek the franchise’s next quarterback (AP Photo / Michael Conroy)

Connecting the dots on Sam Darnold’s trade involves the New York Jets starting all over again at the quarterback position.

General manager Joe Douglas did nothing to debunk that theory on Tuesday when discussing the team’s deal with the Carolina Panthers.

“I think that’s a fair assessment based on the decision we made (Monday), you can kind of see the direction we’re going to take,” Douglas said on Tuesday. “When it comes to (trading) pick two, obviously never say never. As I have told you in the past, I will always answer the phone if it rings.”

New York has multiple first-round picks and three of the top 35 picks in the 2021 draft, but a quarterback reset is the Jets’ headline.

New York Jets General Manager Joe Douglas Admits His ‘Fair Assessment’ Team Will Write No.2 QB |  NFL News

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Darnold, picked third overall in 2018 by then general manager Mike Maccagnan, is set to be replaced by BYU’s Zach Wilson, the alleged No.2 pick after a junior season.

The uncertainty around the direction of the Jets dissipated with Darnold’s move and the likelihood of quarterbacks being the top two picks increased. Jacksonville holds the No.1 pick and is locked onto Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence.

Taking a top four quarterback for the second time in four years is unprecedented. No team has done this in the era of the modern draft (since 1967).

Douglas said if the Jets drafted “a little later” in the first round, retaining Darnold would have been a serious consideration. He owes $ 23.6 million over the next two seasons under his rookie contract.

“We felt that at the end of the day it was an opportunity to push the reset button financially, so to speak,” said Douglas.

Wilson would become the Jets’ fifth draft quarterback in the first two rounds since 2009, including Darnold, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez.

With the exception of the most recent selections of defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (2019) and offensive tackle Mekhi Becton, the Jets have either released or traded all first-round picks since 2013 before reaching a second contract.

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