Who remembers David Carr? He was a quarterback whose talent was so eroded that, by the time he was finished getting walloped behind a terrible Houston Texans offensive line, we never truly knew what he could’ve been. If he’s not there already, New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is on his way to that.
There’s a silver-lining to this story: the New York Jets can still trade Darnold, and the team to which he’s traded can apply the fifth-year option.
Situations like this are the reason why first-round picks have a fifth-year option. We don’t know if Darnold is regressing because of the situation or because he’s not an NFL starting quarterback.
The Jets could have the perfect trade partner, though — the Pittsburgh Steelers. Once Joe Flacco is activated, they should make this move.
Think about it: the Steelers have an aging quarterback and they have time; if they trade for Sam Darnold, they can let him sit behind Ben Roethlisberger for the remainder of 2020 and for all of 2021. They can then use the fifth-year option as a one-year trial run for Darnold. The Jets could get draft compensation that they could flip for other picks or players, too.
The question is whether or not the Steelers would be interested.
Juju Smith-Schuster said in a recent interview that he’d love to play with Darnold again.
Maybe pressure from the star receiver in re-signing with the Steelers as a pending free-agent, could persuade them to make a trade. Also, maybe the comfort of playing with Smith-Schuster could be something that helps Darnold.
In the end, this trade seems like a win-win for everyone.
So, Joe Douglas should get on this deal right now.