New York Jets: Jamal Adams trade rumors unfortunately heating up again
By Justin Fried
The New York Jets are reportedly still interested in shopping Jamal Adams in the offseason prompting trade rumors surrounding the star safety to heat up again.
The New York Jets continue to make headlines for all the wrong reasons as rumors have begun to swirl once again that the organization might be looking to part with some of its most valuable pieces in the offseason. And in this case, we’re talking about Jamal Adams.
Adams is the face of the franchise and arguably the most recognizable name on a fairly forgettable Jets team. It’s difficult to dispute that he’s the best player on the roster right now and he very well might be the best safety in the NFL.
Yet despite this, the Jets seem dead-set on unloading him.
SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano reported on Tuesday that the Jets could still look to shop Adams in the offseason with multiple teams around the league still very interested.
Despite numerous trade rumors swirling at the deadline, any potential deal the Jets had in place with Adams fell through and he remained a part of the organization. And since the deadline, Adams has played perhaps the best football of his career.
That included a three-game stretch in which the All-Pro safety totaled six sacks including three in the Jets 34-17 victory over the Washington Redskins tying the single-game high for a defensive back.
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And Adams looked well on his way to breaking the single-season record for sacks (set at eight) by a defensive back set by Adrian Wilson back in 2005. Unfortunately, an ankle injury forced him to miss the first game of his career on Sunday and he may not play again this year.
And if that’s the case, could we have seen Adams’ last game as a member of the New York Jets?
The fact that we’re even having this discussion is a bit ludicrous but it, unfortunately, is one we need to have. Adams will be eligible for an extension for the first time this offseason and the Jets may be hesitant to pay him what he’s worth.
With contracts already tied up to the likes of C.J. Mosley and Le’Veon Bell — the latter they could look to get out of this offseason — and with a contract to Sam Darnold looming in the coming years, general manager Joe Douglas might decide that it’s best to move on from their talented safety.
Again, this would be a foolish move for a variety of reasons, but it’s something the Jets might seriously consider.
The Dallas Cowboys were heavily involved in trade talks with the Jets at the deadline and would likely be the first time to pick up the phone and call the Jets in the offseason. Could a package of multiple first-rounders be enough for the Jets to budge?
Maybe. Who really knows with this organization anymore.
Douglas will look to reshape the team in his image while head coach Adam Gase will do the same with his offense. That could mean that both Bell and Adams aren’t in the future plans.
It’s ridiculous and painful to watch unfold, but this is the state of the Jets right now.
Jamal Adams — the franchise leader, the voice of the team, and the best damn player on the roster — could be kicked to the curb in the name of draft-pick compensation and additional cap space.
The offseason is sure to be a wild ride and it’s unlikely that this ride will be enjoyable.