It’s beginning to seem like a question of when, not if, the Jets will trade Sam Darnold.

Darnold was a trade prospect even prior to brand-new head coach Robert Saleh stated on Jan. 21 that it would be “early” to call Darnold the Jets’ starting QB for 2021.

Now the Jets are receiving calls from teams revealing interest in Darnold, according to ESPN. While the Jets have not decided on Darnold yet, they aren’t turning the calls away.

In specific, San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is “extremely high” on Darnold, per CBS. The Washington Football Team likewise would be interested if Darnold is available, per NFL Network.

The Jets are the 3rd team in the past week supposedly receiving increased interest in their own quarterback, following the Raiders with Derek Carr (Las Vegas Journal-Review) and the Eagles with Carson Wentz (ESPN, NFL Network).

Floating a quarterback as a readily available commodity typically helps teams create a market and bidding wars for their gamer, as evidenced by the Wentz drama in Philly.

In a case like Wentz’s– with the gamer and his representatives likewise angling for a trade– the noise is guaranteed to just get louder until an offer goes down.

The Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears reportedly are the leading competitors to land Wentz, but the Eagles have been requesting 2 first-round picks, which has led to “some dial tones,” per the Boston Sports Journal.

The expectation around the league is that Wentz will be moved imminently for a lower price.

The Jets are smart to take contact Darnold even before Wentz is dealt, however, since he is arguably a more attractive commodity. The Jets also have a great deal of options at QB, too, holding the No. 2 general choice in April’s draft with a possible shot at bidding for Houston’s Deshaun Watson, also.