So, uh, maybe the Carolina Panthers aren’t looking to offload quarterback Sam Darnold just yet.
Earlier this morning, Benjamin Allbright reported that the team was shopping the fifth-year passer—a task made difficult by his weighty $18.8 million guaranteed salary on the season. Now, according to multiple writers close to the organization, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Additionally, Allbright has since deleted his initial tweet and said that a league source strongly denied any such activity from the Panthers.
Darnold, despite his less-than-stellar 2021 campaign, is currently in the midst of a quarterback competition with Baker Mayfield. So given his underwhelming track record and the belief that Mayfield is the clear favorite to land the starting job under center, it would make sense for Carolina to move the former third overall pick.
But that, again, would be a particularly difficult task with that $18.8 million tag. The Panthers, as they did with the Cleveland Browns in acquiring Mayfield, would have to make the pot extremely sweet to get any potential buyers to bite.