Jamal Adams wants to be traded but the Jets still anticipate keeping him.
June is traditionally a dead month in the NFL but the league has been buzzing about trade rumors involving Adams, a star safety on the Jets.
Adams has been unhappy about not finding a long term contract extension and recently submitted a list of eight teams he’d like to play for to the business.
That hasn’t fazed the Jets, who continue to insist they don’t have any interest in trading their best player. Jets’ head coach Adam Gase, who reportedly features a sour relationship with Adams, was asked about whether he wanted Adams on the team next season and said the following.
“Yes, I want Jamal on our team.”
Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams also indicated his support for Adams recently while General Manager Joe Douglas moved on record saying that he wants Adams to be described as a Jet forever earlier in the offseason.
The whole situation comes down to the undeniable fact that Adams is sour about the fact that the organization hasn’t backed up Douglas’ words with a new contract offer. Adams is still playing out his rookie deal and will make $3.5 million in 2020, a bargain rate for one of the greatest defenders in football.
The problem that Adams runs into is that the Jets have all the leverage in potential contract negotiations. New York picked up Adams’ fifth-year option for 2021 and can put the franchise tag on him for 2022 in case a long-term deal isn’t reached, meaning they can guarantee control over Adams’ rights for the following three seasons.
All of the teams on Adams’ list may also be hesitant to pay a safety top dollar, which explains why he is trying to create his own leverage by indicating he would play for them without an extension. Even if one of the potential suitors was intrigued by this possibility they would still need to think of a lucrative package to have the Jets to part with Adams.
Douglas notably fielded calls about Adams at the trade deadline, supposedly asking the Dallas Cowboys for a first-round pick and either Zack Martin or Tyron Smith, two of the NFL’s most useful offensive linemen. The price probably hasn’t dropped much for the Jets, who need a load of help and won’t move Adams unless they are plainly overwhelmed having an offer since they have the leverage in this example.
It also is obvious that the Jets remain the team best equipped to pay Adams a premium price as soon as next season. New York’s cap sheet was a bit messy as Douglas tries to get out from under bad contracts given out by his predecessor, Mike Maccagnan, which may have led the Jets to eat a huge amount of dead money to eliminate underperforming players like Trumaine Johnson.
Add in the uncertainty of next year’s cap due to the pandemic’s impact on revenue and it explains why stars like Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson haven’t gotten extensions either. The Jets are still acting as if Adams will be a key part of their future and certainly will pay him in due time, but unless they are given the steal of the century there is no reason behind them to move Adams.