NY Jets: Jamal Adams has reportedly requested a trade

NY Jets, Jamal Adams (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
NY Jets, Jamal Adams (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

NY Jets safety Jamal Adams has reportedly informed the team that he wishes to be traded.

The NY Jets have officially reached a boiling point with superstar safety Jamal Adams. After months of contract disputes, the two-time Pro Bowler has reportedly informed the team that he wants to be traded.

As first reported by ESPN’s Rich Cimini, the situation has continued to deteriorate to the point that Adams no longer wants to play for the Jets. He wants out.

The two sides have been at an impasse in regards to contract negotiations with Adams wanting his extension before the start of the 2020 season and the Jets preferring to wait.

General manager Joe Douglas insisted back in January that the team would explore an extension for Adams in the offseason and that the plan was to keep him with the Jets for the long haul.

But following fallout from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Douglas and the Jets clearly changed their minds. Given the uncertain nature of next year’s salary cap, the Jets prefer to wait rather than extend Adams now.

It’s an understandable approach.

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Adams, on the other hand, is evidently frustrated because he feels the Jets misled him earlier in the offseason and wants his well-deserved money now. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have much leverage on the situation.

The new Collective Bargaining Agreement makes it much more difficult for players to hold out as the player loses an accrued season toward free agency by failing to show up for camp or by leaving camp for more than five days.

Essentially, that add more years of control to Adams’ situation.

The former sixth overall pick is already under contract through the 2021 season meaning that he won’t hit unrestricted free agency until 2022. But he obviously wants his payday sooner rather than later.

The Jets don’t appear to be willing to budge and Adams has finally played his biggest card in requesting a trade.

Does this mean that a trade will actually happen? It’s hard to say. The Jets still hold all the leverage, but if too much damage has been done to ever salvage the relationship then it’s probably best to maximize the assets you could get for him.

That’s a decision Douglas will have to make in the near future. In many ways, it could define his legacy with the organization.

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But for now, Jamal Adams wants out. And at this point, it’s as clear as day.