New York Jets: Jamal Adams addresses trade speculation
By Paul A. Esden Jr.
New York Jets Pro Bowler Jamal Adams addressed the trade speculation on the Rich Eisen Show. Here are all the details and what he had to say.
The only thing worse than the New York Jets being 0-3 is the thought of life without their Pro Bowl defensive superstar Jamal Adams.
Over the last week and change there has been growing speculation that the New York Jets would consider trading their Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams amid the losing and possible rift between team and player.
Earlier this week on The Rich Eisen Show which airs daily from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET on AT&T AUDIENCE Network which can be found on DIRECTV Ch. 239; Rich Eisen asked a blunt straightforward question that New York Jets fans have been pondering over the last week: Is everything okay between Jamal Adams and the Jets?
“Yeah, we’re good. Obviously I see a lot of people, hear a lot of it, saying the Jets should trade me and all of this. I’m not focused on that stuff man. I play for the New York Jets, I’m excited to be here, and I’m focused on the team right now. I’m trying to better myself for the team. Keeping the guys together and anytime I step on the field I’m going to give it my all. Like I said we just have to get healthy, keep that energy, and stick together as a group.” Courtesy of AT&T AUDIENCE Network.
If this is the first you’re hearing about this, here’s where it all started.
Jamal Adams always gives 110 percent and cares deeply about winning, with the team sitting at 0-3 his spirits have obviously been affected early on this season.
During the Week 2 Monday Night Football game vs the Cleveland Browns, Jamal Adams was benched by Adam Gase and the coaching staff for the final five minutes or so of the game.
Gase later clarified it wasn’t a benching per se it was more so he could cool down and they didn’t want him to get in any trouble (fined or suspended).
Earlier in that game, Jamal Adams delivered a hit (for lack of a better term) on Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield. Not only did Adams receive a 15-yard penalty but he was later fined over $21K by the NFL.
Which led to Jamal Adams calling out the league on social media:
This league is a damn joke! I just got fined $21k for this hit, I signed up to play football not two hand touch. Bullshit! I don’t give a damn about these soft rules protecting QBs. Im gonna play MY brand of football everytime I step on the field. SMH pic.twitter.com/SKlTmBBMf0
— Jamal Adams (@TheAdamsEra) September 19, 2019
Jamal gave his take on the benching from the coaching staff:
“(some hesitation) To me… I mean I got benched. You know, we sat down and talked about it and the coaching staff didn’t really see it as they benched me. They wanted to sit me down because they thought I was getting a little out of control and they didn’t want me to get kicked out for the next game. I would definitely never do that to hurt the team but it was hard to be taken out obviously. That has never happened to me since I’ve been playing ball. But we’ve moved on and there’s no love lost there. Me and the coaching staff are on the same page and we’re excited to get out there.”
To be candid some of these answers and responses from Jamal Adams have elicited fear among Jets fans. Hopefully, this is senseless beef that can be squashed before it turns into anything serious.
Obviously Jamal deeply cares about the team he mentioned it several times in the interview with Rich Eisen that he wants to “do everything in his power to change this organization and make it better for Jets fans.”
This can’t be stated loud enough: the New York Jets would be stupid to trade one of the best players on the team. Why would you trade a proven commodity that’s young, talented, and the soul of your team?
So even if you were silly enough to pick up a phone call regarding the availability of Jamal, you’d never get back fair value.
Draft picks are nice, but they’re just lottery tickets that guarantee nothing. As a matter of fact, you’d be trading away Adams for a bunch of picks you hope are half as good as Jamal is right now. That doesn’t make sense.