NY Jets safety Jamal Adams will reportedly not be participating in the team’s offseason program sparking trade rumors once again.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported early Friday morning that Adams is not expected to participate in the team’s voluntary offseason program that will take place later this month. Essentially that implies that a holdout is likely in the near future.
Adams is searching for an extension on his contract, but Schefter insists that the Jets “have not expressed any official interest in extending Adams thus far in the offseason.”
That seems to directly contradict what general manager Joe Douglas said just last month when he re-iterated that extending Adams was a top priority and that he hoped the All-Pro safety would “remain a Jet for life.”
Schefter also doubled down on the situation adding that he expects Adams to be a hot trade commodity during the NFL Draft in under a week’s time.
Adams was notoriously shopped around at the trade deadline last season with reports that a trade with the Dallas Cowboys was nearly completed. Nonetheless, the LSU product remained with the team throughout 2019 and was named first-team All-Pro.
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After seeing star safeties like Kevin Byard and Eddie Jackson cash-in in recent months, there’s no doubt that Adams will want to become the NFL’s highest-paid safety. And whether it’s with the Jets or another team, it’s likely an honor he will receive.
The 24-year-old is still under contract in 2020 and will have his fifth-year option picked up for 2021, but he’s set to make just $7 million this upcoming season — far below the figure for a player of his caliber.
Adams is undisputedly one of the best safeties in the NFL after making his second consecutive Pro Bowl in 2019 and coming just 1.5 sacks off the record for a defensive back. He’s the complete package and soon he’ll be compensated as such.
However, his future in New York remains very uncertain.
It seems we’re in for a repeat of this past trade deadline once draft day officially arrives next Thursday.
One thing’s for sure, it appears we’re in for a stressful, rumor-filled week.