NY Jets’ safety Jamal Adams is willing to wait on an extension if traded to the right team.
Earlier on Thursday, Adams requested to be traded by the Jets, as first reported by ESPN’s Rich Cimini. The request comes after months of rumors surrounding the All-Pro safety’s future in New York following a reported impasse in contract negotiations.
That impasse seems to stem from the fact that the Jets want to wait on extending Adams until the 2021 offseason. Adams is under contract through the 2021 season and given the uncertain nature of the salary cap situation next year, it’s understandable that the Jets want to wait.
On the other hand, Adams wants his money now. The former LSU star was apparently told that the team would work on a contract extension with him in the offseason before the whole COVID-19 situation unfolded.
Now the Jets want to wait. Adams isn’t okay with that. Or is he?
While that’s been the belief for a while now, Dallas Cowboys beat reported Calvin Watkins recently reported that Adams would be willing to forgo an extension for the time being if he were to be traded to certain teams.
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NY Jets’ safety Jamal Adams is willing to wait on an extension if he’s traded to a preferred team.
We later got a pretty good idea at which teams he might be referring to.
As reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Adams would accept a trade to the Ravens, Cowboys (shocker), Texans, Chiefs, Eagles, 49ers, or Seahawks. Notably, all seven of those teams are considered Super Bowl contenders.
At this point, it seems pretty clear. Adams is tired of losing. He’s tired of the Jets. And he wants out.
General manager Joe Douglas is a hard-headed individual and it’s unlikely that he folds in this situation. The Jets aren’t going to extend Jamal Adams before the start of the 2020 season.
That means that the only cards he could really play are requesting a trade and holding out. He’s already done one of those now.
However, the new Collective Bargaining Agreement makes it difficult for players to hold out as an extra required service year before free agency is tacked on if they fail to show up to training camp. That means that the Jets hold all the power in this situation.
But at this point, it seems pretty obvious. It isn’t about the money. It isn’t about the timing of the extension.
It’s about the Jets. Jamal Adams doesn’t want to play for the Jets anymore.