If Darnold had worked out, then they had the leverage and Darnold's trust to work out a long-term deal down the road. You have the benefit of hindsight. If Darnold had worked out, would you be on here dragging your laboring your point about this option? I doubt it.
Yes, Cam does have something to do with this. You can't cherry pick deals. This organization pulled a dude...that no other team wanted anything to do with, off the coach and yes, literally hugged him (picture with Tepper) to come save this team. So if the Cam 2.0 experiment implodes, was it a dumb deal that had a bunch of risk? Indicators were (cut in favor of a rookie and couldn't get a phone call from other teams) this signing has little chance of success. Both obviously had their risks. We could have just rolled with PJ, saved the $6M-10M and still manage to finish out of the playoffs. Only thing now is Cam might actually win 1-2 games and worsen our draft position.