This seals it, the New York Jets are officially taking a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft.

That has to be the case as the Jets franchise has just traded Sam Darnold, the 3rd overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, to the Carolina Panthers. During his three seasons in New York, Darnold completed 59.8 percent of his passes for 8,097 yards with a touchdown to interception ratio of 45-39 playing for one of the worst franchises in the league.

Now Darnold will have the opportunity to reset his NFL career playing for Matt Rhule and offensive coordinator Joe Brady in Carolina.

According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Panthers gave up a sixth-round pick in 2021, plus second-round and fourth-round selections in the 2022 NFL Draft for Darnold. All in all, Carolina didn’t have to give up much for a potential franchise quarterback.

This trade likely only happens due to the fact the Jets and the franchise’s new coaching staff must be sold on a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft (the Jets own the No. 2 overall selection).

The assumption is the team will pick Zach Wilson out of BYU after Trevor Lawrence is picked by the Jaguars at No. 1.