NY Jets: Albert Breer is ‘skeptical’ Jamal Adams will be traded

NY Jets, Jamal Adams (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NY Jets, Jamal Adams (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

NY Jets’ safety Jamal Adams might not get his wish, according to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer.

It’s been an eventful few weeks for NY Jets‘ safety Jamal Adams. Disagreements about his future with the organization have ultimately led to the star safety requesting to be traded.

But while he may want out, there’s no guarantee that his requests are met.

The Jets seemingly remain intent on keeping Adams for the long-haul and don’t have much of an incentive to trade him at the moment. Unless some team was to offer a sizable trade package, it doesn’t appear as though the Jets have any plans to move him.

And that’s the sentiment that was echoed by Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer in a recent Q&A where he discussed the Adams situation and the likelihood that he’s dealt before the start of the 2020 season.

Breer went on to say the following about the current status of Adams’ future with the Jets.

“I think the chances are pretty good that Jamal Adams is on the Jets roster, on his current contract come Week 1. The Jets would need something pretty great to move their best player, and it’d take a pretty serious commitment from another team to go through with that, in either of the two scenarios that could unfold in the event of a trade.”

The “two scenarios” that he’s referring to include Adams getting extended by the team that trades for him or the possibility that he waits on an extension if traded. Either scenario has its potential problems.

The first scenario is difficult because it’s hard to imagine that any team is willing to not only give up major draft capital (a first-round pick and then some) for Adams on top of handing him a record-breaking contract extension.

That’s doubly true given the current uncertainty surrounding next year’s cap situation. If the Jets don’t want to do it, it’s likely many teams share the same sentiment.

As for the second scenario, Breer compares the Adams situation to the likes of Laremy Tunsil and Jalen Ramsey who were both traded for major hauls without receiving a contract extension right away.

“If you’re going to do this, you have to believe the player you’re bringing in is an absolute franchise cornerstone, because in one fell swoop, you’re yielding draft capital, the cheap talent that capital can bring, and either a boatload of cash and cap space or a ton of leverage. Some guys are worth all that. Tunsil and Ramsey, for all Houston and L.A. gave up, play premium positions.”

Jamal Adams’ position title could hold him back in contract negotiations with the NY Jets.

Breer then goes on to reiterate that Adams is, in fact, a safety. Now, there’s no disputing the fact that Adams’ impact on the field shouldn’t be summed up by his position. He does a lot more than just “play safety” on the gridiron.

But as Breer rightfully points out, there is no precedent set for teams going through this much trouble to trade for a safety. That doesn’t mean it can’t or won’t happen — but it would be a first.

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Finally, Breer notes that this is general manager Joe Douglas’ first major contract negotiation and that it wouldn’t exactly set a great precedent if he were to allow Adams to essentially “scream his way out of town.”

Douglas is hard-headed and stubborn — we saw that with his negotiation tactics this spring. Don’t expect him to give in to Adams on this one.

Breer seems to believe the consensus opinion in that it’s highly unlikely that Adams gets his way this offseason. It’s much more likely that Adams is forced to play with the Jets under his current contract in 2020.

What the future holds beyond that is uncertain, however. Is the relationship irreparable? It seems so on the surface, but never underestimate the value of the dollar.

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But at least for now, most seem to agree that Jamal Adams will be under contract with the Jets in 2020.