NFL Rumors: Jets Won't Trade Sam Darnold During 2020 Season

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Despite the team's 0–6 start, the Jets won't trade former No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold during the 2020 season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. 

Per NFL Network, while the Jets have been "open for business" in the last few weeks, the team will wait and see where it will be picking in the 2021 NFL draft before making a quarterback decision. 

In mid-October, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that a handful of executives believe that the Jets might not receive a first-round pick if the club elected to trade Darnold this offseason.

"The high-water mark would be a [second-round pick] for him," one GM told ESPN. "I think they could get a [fourth-round pick] for him, but if he finished positive for him, they might get a two for him."

This week, the USC product acknowledged that he had seen chatter about the team potentially selecting Clemson's Trevor Lawrence with the top pick in the 2021 NFL draft, but brushed it off, saying, "Yeah, you know, I mean, I have social media. I've seen some of the things, but ... Yeah, we've got a game to win this week and that's all we're worried about."

Darnold will return to action on Sunday vs. the Bills, having last played on Oct. 1. He had missed the last two games with a shoulder injury. 

The Jets are looking to pick up their first win of the season on Sunday. Entering Week 7, New York is the lone winless club in the NFL. 

Check out the latest rumors from around the NFL: 

  • Patriots WR N'Keal Harry was ruled out of Sunday's game against the 49ers at halftime with a head injury. 
  • Washington S Landon Collins is believed to have suffered a season-ending Achilles injury on Sunday against the Cowboys. (Mike Garafolo, NFL Network)
  • Bengals WR A.J Green and Falcons WR Julio Jones are both not likely to be dealt by the Nov. 3 trade deadline. (Ian Rapoport, NFL Network)
  • Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew could be benched Sunday if he struggles vs. the Chargers. (Ian Rapoport, NFL Network)
  • The Raiders' offensive linemen, who were considered high-risk close contacts, all received their final COVID-19 clearance and will play Sunday. (Adam Schefter, ESPN)
  • The Tennessee Titans were fined $350,000 for COVID-19 protocol violations. (Albert Breer, The MMQB)
  • The Bills placed four players, including tight end Dawson Knox, on the reserve/COVID-19 list. (Buffalo Bills)
  • A number of NFL veterans, including Giants WR Golden Tate, Giants guard Kevin Zeitler, Eaglers WR Alshon Jeffery and Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap are all players possibly available in the trade market. (Ian Rapoport, NFL Network)
  • Antonio Brown’s one-year deal with Tampa Bay has a max value of $2.5 million. (Adam Schefter, ESPN)
  • Saints WR Michael Thomas might miss New Orleans' Week 8 game vs. the Bears. (Adam Schefter, ESPN)