The Carolina Panthers have had yet again another dismal season, and will finish in last place in the NFC South. Currently, they are at a 5-11 record and seem to have very little to look forward to as far as the future goes. The offseason signing of Sam Darnold from the New York jets did not exactly light the world on fire, as Darnold finished with 7 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 2,308 yards an a passes rating of 70.2. Those are not exactly the type of numbers one would like to see in a starting quarterback.
So what is next for Sam Darnold? Earlier this year he signed a 4 year contract worth just over $30 million. He will become a free agent after the 2023 season. One would expect that the Panthers will continue to move forward with Darnold as their starting quarterback, but he needs to have a promising 2022 season in order to keep his spot on the roster.
In other Carolina Panthers news, they finally pulled the trigger and let go of backup quarterback Matt Barkley on New Years Eve. He has since been picked up by division rival, the Atlanta Falcons.