NY Jets: Jamal Adams continues to receive accolades, but where’s his extension?

NY Jets, Jamal Adams (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
NY Jets, Jamal Adams (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) /

NY Jets’ safety Jamal Adams continues to receive leaguewide praise. So why isn’t he extended yet?

The NY Jets star safety Jamal Adams once again got national recognition this week when Pro Football Focus (PFF) ranked him as the 20th best player in all of football and the best at his position.

So the only question that remains is why the Jets still haven’t signed him to a contract extension?

In Joe Douglas’ first offseason as Jets general manager, he’s added depth at many positions, signing less expensive players in order to create a more complete roster. The one thing he hasn’t done this year is make a big splash, something he can do by extending Adams.

For months now Jets fans have wanted to see Adams extended. He’s a game-changing safety who can do it all. He can cover, defend the run, and rush the quarterback.

His ranking by PFF just adds more justification as to why he should be extended and why Douglas and the rest of the Jets organization should want Adams to be around for the long run.

Why haven’t the NY Jets extended Jamal Adams yet?

Now, the simple explanation for Douglas not extending Adams yet is that the timing isn’t right. However, his ranking in PFF provides a justification for why he should be a top-paid player at his position and he should get that money now.

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Adams has already expressed multiple times his displeasure with the Jets’ front office about the way they go about dealing with his contract. Whether it be the trade rumors during last season or not focusing on extending him, he wants to be extended now.

Adams is the type of player who can change a game in an instant. His energy, skill, and passion on the field are exactly what a young Jets team needs. He is a leader in the locker room and to make him unhappy is not something Douglas should be doing.

The former LSU Tiger has made two Pro Bowls in his three seasons with the Jets and is still getting better. His stats support his ranking by PFF and once again just shows why Douglas should look to extend him.

At the end of the day, Douglas’ decision about whether or not to give Adams a contract extension will define his time with the Jets. Adams is a superstar in the NFL and if Douglas cannot get a deal done it will not be good for the organization long-term.

This is a team that is young and in a few years can compete for a championship, but without Adams, Jets fans may have to wait for success.

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So to Joe Douglas, on behalf of Jets fans, we beg you to extend Jamal Adams and keep him in the green and white for the long haul.