Washington could be out of the running for Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, who may need a new home next season.
There’s a list of potential suitors, one of which has been Washington for quite some time. But judging by recent reports, that may no longer be the case.
According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, the Football Team may be out of the running for Darnold. Washington just agreed to a one-year deal with veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on Monday.
I spoke to a source in Washington about the possibility of the WFT trading with the Jets for QB Sam Darnold.
I was simply told “don’t waste your time”
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) March 16, 2021
Washington was arguably the best option for Darnold. The Football Team are coming off a playoff berth and employ a great defensive unit and superb head coach in Ron Rivera.
The Jets could’ve also potentially snagged a first-round pick from Washington if a deal were to be made on draft day. New York could’ve kept Darnold up until that late April night and still selected Wilson, and if Washington missed out on any rookie quarterback it was targeting, the Jets could’ve forced the Football Team to give up their No. 19 overall pick for Sam.
Of course, things have now changed. Since Washington could be rolling the dice with Fitzpatrick as its starter, it may not feel the need to reach for a new quarterback and give up its late first-round pick.
So if Washington is indeed out, who’s left on the list of possible suitors?
Well, maybe just Denver, who could provide the Jets with a second or third-round pick, or maybe even both for Darnold.
Chicago was in the mix, but according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Bears are acquiring veteran quarterback Andy Dalton, who might start in the Windy City next year.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2021
Houston was also potentially in the conversation given the turmoil between the Texans and superstar quarterback Deshaun Watson. However, on Tuesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Texans agreed to sign Tyrod Taylor, who could be an option should Watson actually not play another snap for them again.
Tyrod Taylor provides some valuable insurance in the event anything happens to unfold with Houston's QB situation…. https://t.co/tpDMAxaSmQ
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2021