NEW YORK JETS REPORTEDLY TURNED DOWN 1ST-ROUND PICK OFFER FROM 49ERS IN TRADE FOR SAM DARNOLD

NEW YORK JETS REPORTEDLY TURNED DOWN 1ST-ROUND PICK OFFER FROM 49ERS IN TRADE FOR SAM DARNOLD

Sam Darnold was very close to playing in the Bay Area.

Earlier this month, the New York Jets traded Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft in addition to second-round and fourth-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Before that deal was agreed to, the San Francisco 49ers were rying to obtain the former third-overall pick. The 49ers reportedly offered the Jets their first-round pick — 12th overall in this year’s draft, per Cecil Lammey of 104.3 The Fan in Denver.

The 49ers would soon come to terms with the Miami Dolphins on a blockbuster trade that saw the 49ers send the Dolphins a package that included their 2021 first-round pick along with a first- and third-round pick in 2022 and first-round pick in 2023 to move up from No. 12 to No. 3 on the draft board.

New York will have just two first-round selections at No. 2 and No. 23 (via Seattle).

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