This is the main point I keep bringing up in the Lawrence vs Darnold debate. The Jets have to make a decision on Sam’s 5th year option THIS offseason and if they pick it up, they’re looking at somewhere around 25M for his 5th year. Now, I offer up three questions: A) Has Sam done enough in your opinion to earn 25M? (IMO, no) B) Do you imagine he’ll take much less than that for an extension? (I do not) C) (finally, but most importantly) How do you see the Jets being able to build around Sam, like so many are suggesting, when 20-30M is going to 1 player who hasn’t shown that he deserves a contract of that magnitude? (We can’t IMO) For me, the decision is easy. If we get #1, we take Lawrence and trade Sam for the best pick we can get. The Jets are in a much different situation now than we were when we took Sam. Multiple early picks and plenty of cap space are all assets that could provide Lawrence with the help that Sam unfortunately never got.