Sam Darnold trade rumors began running wild this Monday morning. He's not expected to beat out Baker Mayfield for the starting quarterback position and the team really doesn't have a need for him.
However, it doesn't sound like the team plans on moving him anytime soon.
Darnold told reporters this Monday that he spoke with Panthers GM Scott Fitterer about the trade rumors. Fitterer told him he has nothing to worry about.
“I talked to Scott and he said not to worry about it,” Darnold said in his press conference, via Pro Football Talk. “So, to be honest, before he even talked to me, I didn’t even see it. So, like I said, like I continue to say, I’m going to continue to do me and do what I can to put myself in a good position and put this team in a good position.”
If Baker Mayfield wins the starting gig, which he's expected to do, Sam Darnold becomes the backup. However, the Panthers would probably want to see what they have in rookie Matt Corral instead of trotting Darnold out there in the scenario Mayfield goes down.
The Panthers may start exploring the trade market for Darnold as the 2022 season approaches, even if the team won't currently admit it.