Three days of training jets and still no Sam Darnold. Rookie quarterback begins as his agent, Jimmy Sexton, fights with the jets over the offset language in the deal, and in particular the circumstances under which the jets could offset Darnold's guaranteed wages.
(His entire $ 30 million deal is fully guaranteed.)
Darnold obviously loses valuable practice reps, at least as far as his ability to win the Jets' Week 1 start job is concerned.
Nobody says that the absence of this training camp – however long it takes – will affect his entire career. But the Jets have only seven practices left before their first pre-season game, so the time for Darnold is short to make an impression that leads to this game.
Darnold competes with Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater for the starting job. McCown is the reigning starter, and could very well start in Week 1
Jet coach Todd Bowles said he is not involved in the Darnold negotiations. He leaves that to the front office of the jets.
"I'll get an update if he runs in the field," Bowles said Sunday after the Jets' third training camp. "I'm a coach, I do not care about the money or anything, or the business side of it, I understand everything and I'm aware of it, but I'm coaching the guys who are out here and that is." everything I worry about. "
Well, he should be worried about whether the award-winning rookie quarterback of the Jets will have a chance to do the first job of Week 1 and whether Darnold is the best option of the jets Bowles is certainly worried about it, even if he does not say it. (And he clearly exaggerated with this "when he walks on the field line.")
At what point should Bowles enter and the front office The jets say he should make the deal?
Jets' Top Camp Position Fights
This is a tough one, and a slippery slope, due to the clear division of power of the jets established in 2015 as They hired Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan Maccagnan controls the business side, and the 53-man squad composition – who gets cut, etc. Bowles decides who plays – the depth chart, etc.
Of course Bowles and Maccagnan (and the front office as a whole) all consult, especially on important matters like this. But Bowles really does not have the power – at least not under the most literal interpretation of his professional duties – to have a lot of influence here, although of course he would prefer having all his players in the field for the entire training camp practices.
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