NY Jets: Jamal Adams reveals pass rushing free agency wish list

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Jamal Adams wants some pass-rushing help this offseason. Here are the details on his free agency wish list for the NY Jets in 2020.

Jamal Adams cemented himself as the best player on the NY Jets in 2020 and as one of the best players in the league.

Although after his playing career is over he’ll have a bright future in football commentary or broadcast. This past weekend on NFL Network, Jamal joined the coverage of the NFL Combine on Sunday to break down the best defensive backs in all of college football.

During the broadcast, some watercooler talk came up about who he’d like to see join the green and white this offseason.

“I would definitely go for (Jadeveon) Clowney. Pass rusher, that’s what I’m looking forward to,” Adams said via NFL.com. “That’s a safety’s best friend. Definitely Clowney, Big 9-1 down in Jacksonville (Yannick Ngakoue), he’s a beast. Dante Fowler. I mean, there are so many guys coming out right now in free agency that we could sure use coming off that end, man.”

Jamal obviously has caviar tastes and the Jets have a relatively plentiful budget (over $50 million currently and they could increase those funds with some more moves).

Here’s a gander at how much these players could be worth on the open market per Spotrac’s “Market Value Analysis”:

Jadeveon Clowney

  • A six-year deal for $120 million, for an average of over $20 million per season (which would rank third among defensive ends).

Yannick Ngakoue

  • A five-year deal for $85 million, for an average of over $17 million per season (which would rank fifth among defensive ends).

Dante Fowler

  • He didn’t have a “market value” contract analysis, but here are some interesting nuggets.
    • In four seasons he recorded 27.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, 43 quarterback hits, and 141 combined tackles.
    • Last season he signed a one-year deal for $12 million (which would rank 13th among defensive ends).

Clowney is going to reach free agency, Ngakoue is likely going to be tagged-and-traded, and Fowler is also likely going to reach the open market.

The Jets have tried to snag Fowler in the past so they’ll definitely be interested this time around. Clowney will cost a ton and he’s never had a double-digit sack season, but he’s very good against the run and can create pressure.

While Ngakoue should be the most coveted, he won’t reach free agency and the team doesn’t have enough assets to waste them in a trade when they can acquire talent via free agency.

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The most gettable is Fowler, followed up by Clowney, and there’s a very small chance of Ngakoue. Either way, the team needs pass rushers and that would make Jamal Adams’ life a lot easier in 2020.