NY Jets general manager Joe Douglas has had a busy first offseason in charge, however, he still hasn’t extended Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams.
The NY Jets‘ first offseason with general manager Joe Douglas at the helm has been one filled with plenty of re-signings and new acquisitions to strengthen the offensive line and to revamp the defense. However, one place where there hasn’t been much movement has been on the Jamal Adams front.
The Jets star safety has had issues with the front office in the past. Particularly at the 2019 trade deadline when Douglas had reportedly taken calls from other teams regarding trading Adams, however, nothing came from it.
After some public remarks, Adams seems to have moved on and is looking towards the future with Gang Green.
While many have speculated that Adams may agree to a contract extension during this offseason, however, nothing has changed according to Douglas. Connor Hughes of The Athletic reported this earlier today, also reporting that Douglas has been focused on free agency.
Adams is still playing under his rookie contract, which is good through the 2020 season, with an option for the 2021 season. The 6th overall pick in the 2017 draft has quickly become one of the top safeties in the NFL. Making the last two Pro Bowls, leading the Jets defense with both his play and passion.
He’s shown elite level skill in the defensive secondary, as well as when he comes into the box to blitz or defend the run. In 2019, he recorded 75 total tackles, 10 of which came for a loss as well as racking up 6.5 sacks.
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Making the All-Pro first team, Adams showed how dynamic he can be.
We also saw Adams grab his first pick-six during the Jets week 3 loss to the New England Patriots. Adams picked off then backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham, returning it all the way to the house for a 61-yard touchdown.
Both his pick-six and his strip-sack of New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, in which Adams took the ball straight out of Jones’ hands and ran it back for a touchdown, Adams has shown his explosive ability.
All of this warrants that Jamal Adams would earn one of the more expensive contracts in the NFL. The highest-paid safety in the NFL going into the 2020 season is Eddie Jackson of the Chicago Bears who will be earning 14.6 million dollars in the upcoming season.
Jackson and Adams have put up similar numbers within the last few years, both earning multiple pro bowl selections.
With Adams’ numbers mirroring those of the highest-paid safeties in the NFL, we can expect him to earn one of the biggest contract extensions we’ve seen in the secondary in the last few years.
This may not come anytime soon however as Douglas seems to be focused on free agency and will most likely shift his focus towards the draft very shortly.
However, Jets fans will continue to hope that their star safety will get extended soon and be a member of the Jets for the long haul.