Sam Darnold was traded to the Carolina Panthers on Apr. 5 for a 2021 sixth-round pick, along with a second and fourth rounder in the 2022 draft. Darnold, the third overall selection by the Jets in 2018, will have a fresh start in a different city after a disappointing three-year tenure in New York. This will likely not have drastic implications on the upcoming NFL season, but I believe there is more to extract from this situation than meets the eye. In short, the era of organizational patience in the NFL is over.
Super Bowl LV was anticipated to be one of the most exciting championships in recent sports history. The greatest quarterback of all time versus the greatest quarterback of this generation squaring off on the biggest sports stage in the world. A battle of eras. The game did not exactly live up to expectations, resulting in a 31-9 Tampa Bay rout, securing Tom Brady his seventh championship victory. For most, this closed the door on the G.O.A.T. debate. Respectfully, I disagree.
The NFL has had their fair share of players with over the top personalities, particularly at the wide receiver position. Examples of such players were guys like Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco and Randy Moss, who were all sensational talents, but Beckham stands out. It’s indescribable, wherever he goes, whatever facet of life he finds himself in, he is surrounded by an ora of swagger. A star like him is something the sport hadn’t yet seen.