This didn’t age well.
A two-year-old tweet from the Jets thanking the Giants for not selecting Sam Darnold in the 2018 NFL Draft resurfaced Monday, shortly after the Jets traded the quarterback to the Panthers for three draft picks, including a second-rounder in 2022.
“Thank you, @Giants,” the Jets posted in April 2019, just before that year’s draft, along with a photo of three fans wearing a shirt emblazoned with the same phrase and a picture of Darnold.
At the time Jets fans had reason to celebrate the Giants passing on Darnold to select running back Saquon Barkley with the second-overall pick.
Though the Jets finished 4-12 his rookie season, Darnold, the third-overall pick in 2018, threw 17 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, and showed flashes of becoming the franchise quarterback the team has longed for since Joe Namath.
But after a strong finish to his second season, Darnold had just nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 2020, as the rebuilding Jets went 2-14 and fired second-year head coach Adam Gase.
It quickly became apparent new head coach Robert Saleh preferred to bring in his own quarterback, and all signs point to the Jets selecting BYU’s Zach Wilson with the No. 2 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
As for that infamous tweet, Giants fans shouldn’t gloat just yet — while Darnold didn’t work out for the Jets, Barkley has been limited his first three seasons due to injuries. And it remains to be seen whether Daniel Jones, whom the Giants selected in the first round of the 2019 draft, will become the franchise quarterback Darnold wasn’t for the Jets.