Panthers GM Voices Displeasure With Sam Darnold

Jason Schandl
Sam Darnold's future in Carolina looks bleak following comments from Panthers GM Scott Fitterer.
Sam Darnold's future in Carolina looks bleak following comments from Panthers GM Scott Fitterer. / Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Sam Darnold experience has been an absolute rollercoaster for Carolina Panthers fans.

Trading for him was a nice low-risk move. Picking up his fifth year option seemed like a reckless use of $18 million in cap space. His play through the first three weeks of the season made picking up his option look like a terrific move. Then he played like Sam Darnold for the rest of the season.

Now, despite Darnold carrying such a heavy cap hit this season, Panthers GM Scott Fitterer has made it clear that the team is ready to move on.

Picking No. 6 overall puts Carolina in a great spot to draft Darnold's replacement, though this isn't necessarily the best year to be looking for a franchise QB. After five players were clear first-round picks at the position in 2021, there's a lot less excitement in the 2022 class.

There's more consensus in the class quality (you won't find many mock drafts with a QB going in the top five) than there is about who the best QB prospect is.

Ultimately if the Panthers are going QB at No. 6, you'd have to imagine that either Kenny Pickett, Matt Corral or maybe even Malik Willis is the pick. There's an outside shot that UNC's Sam Howell moves up draft boards too.

They're not the most exciting players in the world, but after watching Darnold throw for 2,527 yards with 9 touchdowns and 13 interceptions across 11 starts, any of them would give Panthers fans reason for increased optimism.

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