The NY Jets are reportedly expected to “wait it out” with the Jamal Adams situation.
Adams’ tension with the Jets has been building up over the past few months with the two-time Pro Bowler questioning the team’s allegiance. And it all came to a head this past week when Adams officially requested a trade from the organization.
But to his credit, general manager Joe Douglas has seemingly remained unfazed by the entire situation. He’s remained set on his position and it doesn’t look like he’s giving Adams the time of day.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport went on “NFL Now” earlier on Monday to discuss the Adams situation and he reiterated that no matter how much the All-Pro safety might want out, the Jets hold all the cards.
Rapoport finished off the segment by stating that he “wouldn’t be surprised if the Jets just sit tight and wait it out.” And that seems to be the exact stance that Douglas is taking.
Adams has been a thorn in the Jets’ side over the past few months with his desire to get a contract extension done this offseason. The Jets seemingly had every intention of doing so, but the ongoing worldwide pandemic complicated matters.
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The NY Jets are playing it safe with the Jamal Adams negotiations.
Douglas clearly doesn’t want to put the Jets at risk. And that’s a very understandable approach.
Of course, there have been hints dropped by Adams and others (hello Antonio Cromartie) on social media that there’s more to it than what’s been made public. But as of now, the Jets seem to have done absolutely nothing wrong.
Adams on the other hand is justified in wanting his money, but it’s become increasingly apparent that it’s about more than finances.
He wants out and he’s willing to be a nuisance to the organization so that he could get his way. It’s a strategy that’s worked for players in the past, but Joe Douglas isn’t one to give in.
Douglas is just as stubborn as Adams is, but the difference is that the Jets’ GM is the one in control here. Don’t expect him to waver — don’t expect him to even bat an eye.
I’m sure Douglas and the Jets aren’t happy with the events that have unfolded in the past week or so, but don’t think for a minute that they’re going to show their hand.
The bottom line is that Jamal Adams can be as much of a nuisance as he wants. He can kick and scream for the remainder of his time with the Jets.
Douglas isn’t going to care and he’s more than prepared to simply “wait it out.”