NY Jets officially pick up Jamal Adams’ fifth-year option

NY Jets, Jamal Adams (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
NY Jets, Jamal Adams (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

The NY Jets have officially picked up Jamal Adams’ fifth-year option keeping him under team control through the 2021 season.

The NY Jets have officially filed a formality reportedly picking up the fifth-year option of superstar safety, Jamal Adams.

As first reported by Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News, Adams will now be under contract with Gang Green until the end of the 2021 season when he will officially hit unrestricted free agency.

However, it’s highly unlikely we reach that point.

Adams is set to make just $3.5 million in the final year of his rookie deal this season and while that figure will now see a sizable uptick to $9.86 million in 2021, it’s still far below what his value is.

And for that reason, it’s likely we never see Adams play into 2021 under his current deal. Whether that means he signs a new extension with the Jets or is playing elsewhere by that time, that’s just the reality of the situation.

Adams is the second player in his division to have their fifth-year option picked up after the Buffalo Bills did the same with their own former LSU defensive back in Tre’Davious White. Now Adams joins his former teammate.

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The 23-year-old reportedly does not plan to participate in the team’s virtual offseason program that begins today as he continues to search for his well-earned contract extension.

Meanwhile, general manager Joe Douglas has reiterated his stance on Adams insisting that he still wants Adams to be “a Jet for life” and that “at some point [after the draft], we’re going to get together with him and his representatives.”

Well, the draft has passed and so too has the first wave of undrafted free agent signings. The clock is ticking.

Ultimately, exercising Adams’ fifth-year option was merely a formality at this point. It was always going to happen and now that it has, nothing really has changed.

At this point, all we could do is sit back, wait, and hope that Douglas is a man of his word. There’s still time to work out an extension and the Jets’ GM has always insisted that he plans to do so after the draft.

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That time has come and it remains to be seen if Jamal Adams and the Jets will work out an extension before the start of training camp (assuming there is one).