Pro-Bowl safety Jamal Adams informed the Jets earlier this week of his intentions to be traded after failing to receive a contract extension this offseason.
The 2017 first-round draft selection still has two years left on his rookie deal, which is the main reason why general manager Joe Douglas has been reluctant to extend him thus far. Adams is likely to reset the market for strong safeties, receiving an offer that would pay him around $15 to $20 million annually.
Upon his demands, Adams’ camp later reported a list of teams he’d welcome a trade to. Those are the Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Ravens, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Douglas’ sole focus should be on getting the best package possible for Adams, wherever that may come from. A trade remains unlikely, but if Douglas decides to move on from the All-Pro safety, several destinations make sense, given the current holes on the Jets roster.
Adams’ preferred landing spot (also his hometown), Dallas has both the talent and draft capital to make an enticing offer. The Jets will likely look for a young, controllable asset, in addition to draft picks, as New York has no reason to sell him on a discount.
Wide receiver Michael Gallup, cornerback Chidobe Awuzie, or right tackle La’el Collins would make great trade starters, as the Jets are weak at all three positions. The Cowboys don’t seem keen on letting go of Collins, as he’s been a mainstay on that offensive line. However, either Gallup or Awuzie appears to be expendable and would be immediate starters for New York.
The Jets should definitely target Gallup first, as their glaring need at receiver has severely hindered young quarterback Sam Darnold’s development. Gallup would immediately pencil in as the top wide receiver and would provide Darnold with his first true playmaker on the outside.
The Jets did enough in the offseason to patch up their secondary, so Awuzie should be an afterthought for now.
Final Offer: Jamal Adams for Michael Gallup, 2021 second-round pick, 2022 second-round pick.
Douglas was in the Eagles front office for many years and remains close with general manager Howie Roseman. Roseman is likely to reach out to Douglas in the coming weeks, as shipping Adams to the NFC would be preferable for New York.
Like the Cowboys, Philadelphia has the talent and draft capital to swing a deal. Edge rusher Derek Barnett and left tackle Andre Dillard would be nice pieces for Douglas to work with.
Although Barnett has underachieved since being drafted by Philadelphia back in 2017, he still has enormous upside and would fill a position of need for New York. The Jets have been desperate for a pass rusher and didn’t do much in the draft or free agency to fill this hole.
Dillard, a rookie last season, only played limited snaps in 2019 and could wind up being a franchise tackle if given the opportunity. He would pair nicely with rookie Mekhi Becton, as the two would stabilize that offensive line for years to come.
I’d say Barnett is the more likely candidate to get dealt, as pairing him with a couple of draft picks could entice Douglas to strike a deal with his former franchise.
Final Offer: Jamal Adams for Derek Barnett, 2021 first-round pick, 2022 fifth-round pick.
Las Vegas Raiders
Although the Raiders aren’t on Adams’ list of preferred destinations, the pairing makes too much sense to disregard. Adams would transform a young Raiders defense riddled with talent, giving this unit a much-needed identity.
Las Vegas general manager Mike Mayock has been one of the most aggressive general managers in the NFL since his hiring back in 2018 and will definitely check in with Douglas at some point this offseason. The Raiders have the assets to make this work, as they have a plethora of young talent on both sides of the football.
Safety Jonathan Abram, defensive ends Clelin Ferrell and Maxx Crosby, and right tackle Kolton Miller seem to be players Douglas would be interested in, as anything should be on the table given the playmaking ability of Adams.
Final Offer: Jamal Adams for Clelin Ferrell, 2021 first-round pick, 2022 third-round pick.