Former Jets quarterback Sam Darnold took a bite out of the Big Apple, but it turned out to be more than he could chew, and New York bit the bullet and shipped Darnold to Carolina on Monday for a multitude of draft picks.
Darnold, who has been vastly underrated and California cool throughout his tumultuous NFL career, has been filmed apparently reveling in trading with the Panthers, surrounded by family and friends.
QB personal trainer Jordan Palmer posted a video of Darnold getting ready to party, with blue Carolina Panthers balloons and a Panthers hat, making it look like he’s stepped out of the same smelly dirt that Andy Dufresne did in “The Shawshank Redemption”.
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Darnold walks into the room to hoot and howl, clearly surrounded by supportive family and friends, setting him up for the next chapter of his career and a trip to Charlotte.
Darnold, the No.3 pick in the 2018 overall, struggled in New York City, having to contend with Adam Gase, a questionable supporting cast and an infamous bout with mononucleosis in 2019.
The Panthers are clearly banking on Darnold’s potential to move forward, while the Jets are apparently set to select a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft.
While the jury is still out on Darnold, at least the welcoming committee is there.