It was reported Thursday that Pro Bowl strong safety Jamal Adams has informed the New York Jets that he wants to be traded.
Adams, the 24-year-old Swiss army knife, has been pressing the Jets front office for months now regarding a contract extension that would make him the highest-paid safety in the league.
Although he isn’t a free agent until 2022, Adams feels he deserves an extension sooner rather than later, as first-year general manager Joe Douglas has been staunch throughout the negotiation process. Douglas would rather wait till next offseason to strike a deal with the 2017 first-rounder, as in his eyes, there shouldn’t be any rush to sign a player who is under team control for another two seasons.
However, when you have such a polarizing talent like Adams, who’s the heart and soul of the locker room, it’s important to cater to the player’s desires every once in a while, as you don’t want to create unwarranted tension in a locker room that has been fragile over the years.
Adams has been everything and then some for New York, as he’s been a model teammate since his arrival in the Big Apple in 2017. He’s been a leader from day one and has become a fan favorite amongst the Jets faithful.
Trading a superstar of Adams’ talent would be a cataclysmic disaster from a public relations perspective and would further damage the Jets’ reputation amongst players around the league.
Moreover, it would leave a defense that overachieved last season in a very precarious situation, as Adams was able to cover up many of the Jets’ deficiencies in the secondary, particularly at corner.
Adams was essentially the quarterback of Gregg Williams’ defense, playing all over the football field last season. He logged snaps not only at safety but at linebacker and edge rusher as well.
Williams raved about the safety’s instinctiveness and versatility, mentioning Adams’ uncanny ability to quickly process information when the ball is snapped.
Tough Times Ahead in New York
Paying a player two years early is rarely recommended, nor necessary, as only one player from Adams’ draft class — Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey — has signed a contract extension thus far. Others, including the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, and Myles Garrett, have been negotiating, though.
However, in this instance, Douglas definitely should’ve worked something out between the two sides so it wouldn’t get to a point where Adams no longer feels valued by the organization.
The ideal time to trade Adams was ideally before this year’s draft, as it would’ve enabled the Jets to get rookie players who can make an immediate impact in 2020, as opposed to playing the season out without Adams with nothing to show for it.
Thus, troubling times are ahead for Douglas’ Jets, as he’s reached his first major roadblock in what was originally viewed as a successful first year as general manager.
It will be fascinating to monitor this situation as we get closer to training camp, as this relationship has officially gone off the rails.