We look at some possible trade packages for NY Jets’ safety Jamal Adams
NY Jets safety Jamal Adams has been the subject of a plethora of trade rumors dating back to last year’s trade deadline. As of right now, a trade isn’t imminent, and there have been varying answers when those in the know have commented on the rumors.
Nonetheless, trades can happen at any moment in the NFL, whether they’re rumored to or not.
As a matter of fact, we learned back in the 2019 offseason that a general manager telling the media he isn’t trading a player doesn’t mean that player won’t be dealt. Of course, I’m referring to the Odell Beckham Jr. debacle with the New York Giants from last year.
The Jets and Adams aren’t necessarily at an impasse yet when it comes to negotiations of a new contract, but things could be headed that way if general manager Joe Douglas chooses to wait until next offseason to entertain an Adams extension.
We also aren’t at a point where a trade is imminent or even expected to happen, but it doesn’t hurt to take a look at a few deals that would make sense for both the Jets and a cooperating team that Jamal Adams could be dealt to.
Again, these are just some ideas of what a good Jamal Adams trade could look like for the Jets — not rumors.
Before I get into some of these rumors, it’s important to note that in recent days, SNY reporter Ralph Vacchiano stated that the team had no intention of trading Jamal Adams, and plan on paying him.
Ian Rapoport added that Adams is unlikely to get an extension anytime soon from the team. The question then becomes, does Adams have the patience to wait until next offseason for a contract, or will he hold out or demand a trade from the organization.
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Lastly, it’s been reported that the Jets are seeking at least a first and third-round pick for their star safety. Again that’s just a rumor, but it’s essentially all we have to base things off of.
As I said, trades can happen at any point, and if Joe Douglas gets the right offer, it wouldn’t shock me to see him pull the trigger on a deal. With that said, here are three possible trade scenarios for Jamal Adams
Next: 1. Jamal Adams to the Dallas Cowboys
1. NY Jets send Jamal Adams to the Dallas Cowboys
The first team I’m touching upon in this is the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys have been linked to Jamal Adams ever since the trade rumors started at last year’s trade deadline.
Adams is from Texas and has quietly hinted over the last few years that he’d like to play in Dallas at some point in my career. He’s the perfect fit for a team like the Cowboys, who could afford to upgrade at the safety position.
I think to some, Dallas sending the Jets a young receiver with a high ceiling and a first-round pick may be a lot, but it seems like a fair offer, and it works for both sides.
In this trade, the Jets would be getting 24-year old Michael Gallup and the Cowboys’ first-round pick in next year’s draft. This trade would be a dream for me if the team does decide to move Adams, as it not only nets the Jets a first, but also a receiver that would probably be the team’s No. 1.
There are a few things to take note of when it comes to the Cowboys and the possibility of them trading for Jamal Adams. Ian Rapoport gave us a bit of info on where Dallas stands in regards to trading for Adams.
From a Memorial Day edition of NFL Now: There isn't any traction for a #Cowboys trade for Jamal Adams right now, and he may have to wait for an extension from the #Jets like everyone else. pic.twitter.com/3I9bC4udxz
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 25, 2020
Rapoport mentions here that the Cowboys are not actively trying to trade for Jamal Adams, and that they would have to sign quarterback Dak Prescott to an extension before making any type of big trade like this.
The reason for having to sign their QB first is that if Adams is dealt, it’s more than likely going to be under the clause that the team that trades for him signs him to an extension right away. The Cowboys aren’t going to do that while still having to pay Prescott.
For all the rumors swirling about Adams to Dallas, there isn’t much in terms of actual reports of them being interested at the moment. Nonetheless, they’d be a good landing spot for him, and I believe the trade proposal above is a fair one for both sides.
Next: 2. Jamal Adams to the Baltimore Ravens
2. NY Jets send Jamal Adams to the Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens are an interesting team that comes to mind when trying to find a landing spot for Jamal Adams.
When you think about it, contenders are going to be the primary teams in the market for him. Bottom-of-the-barrel teams aren’t going to shell out what the Jets want for a safety, nor should they.
However, a team like the Ravens can afford to give up a premium pick or two to secure a player that would no doubt make them the most feared defense in football.
The Ravens have Chuck Clark starting at strong safety for them right now, and Clark was actually pretty good last season. Adams, however, would be a massive upgrade, and the Ravens are a team that can afford to make that upgrade, even if it isn’t a huge position of need.
A first and second may be a bit much, and there’s a chance the Ravens hang up the phone if Joe Douglas calls them and offers this deal. I do think there’s fairness to it for both sides though.
Baltimore is getting an elite hybrid safety that can further complement the pieces they already have. That first-round pick is more likely than not going to be a late first, probably in the 25-32 range. So it isn’t like they’d be giving up a chance at the best player in the draft.
As for the Jets, they’d be getting two premium picks that I’m sure Joe Douglas would love to get his hands on. Adding a first in next year’s draft would be massive and the 2022 second rounder would be the cherry on top of a great deal for both sides.
Again, the Ravens don’t necessarily have a hole at strong safety, but they’re a team that can afford to give up those premium picks to upgrade and already solid position.
Next: 3. Jamal Adams to the Carolina Panthers
3. NY Jets send Jamal Adams to the Carolina Panthers
The final Jamal Adams trade proposal I’ve come up with involves the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers are a team most wouldn’t expect to be in the running for a player like Adams.
Whether it be because of Matt Rhule’s love for offense or the fact that they aren’t really in a contending position to make a trade like this.
Despite all that, I think they’d be a really interesting landing spot for Adams and thought of a trade with them intrigued me.
Curtis Samuel and a first-round pick isn’t a whole lot, especially for a player of Jamal Adams’ caliber. The Panthers had reportedly shopped Samuel briefly earlier in the offseason, and adding a young playmaker for Sam Darnold would be great.
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There may be some Jets fans that don’t think the return is enough, but in reality it isn’t bad. You’re getting a first-round pick which is always huge value in a trade, and if the team has reportedly been looking for a first and third, you could say Samuel is valued at a third or fourth-round pick.
Even if you value Samuel less, the Panthers’ first-rounder has the chance to be a top-10 pick, as they’re nowhere near contending in the NFC South.
This trade also makes some sense for Carolina. An argument can be made that they aren’t in a position to trade premium draft capital and a young player for a safety, but the team desperately needs help on the defensive side of the ball.
As of now, their starting strong safety is projected to be a battle between former Jets draft bust Juston Burris and second-round pick Jeremy Chinn.
Is it a trade the Panthers need to make? Probably not, but it’s a move that could give them a building block on defense, a pretty good one at that.
There’s nothing imminent on the Jamal Adams trade front as of now, but that could change at any minute. All three of these trades would be a win for the Jets, as well as fair for the team receiving Adams.