NY Jets’ linebacker Avery Williamson recently expressed his support for Jamal Adams.
NY Jets‘ safety Jamal Adams has been embroiled in an ugly contract dispute that could get even uglier in the coming weeks/months. But it does appear as though he has the support of his teammates on the issue.
Running back Le’Veon Bell recently went on Hot 97 radio last week and expressed his public support for Adams stating “You deserve every dollar you’re asking for. Everything he asks for, he deserves it.”
Bell’s comments were significant as he was the first Jets player to come out and publicly issue his support for Adams. And just a couple of days later, linebacker Avery Williamson followed suit.
Williamson joined Jeané Coakley on SNY’s Geico SportsNite to discuss the upcoming season and Adams’ ongoing negotiations. He had the following to say about the issue.
“I would definitely love to see him back. I definitely feel like he’s the best safety in the league. I feel like he deserves to get paid. I understand his frustration, he wants to get paid.”
Williamson echoed Bell’s sentiments declaring that Adams deserves to get paid and that he would love to see him with the Jets this season. Bell took it a step further insisting that he believes Adams wants to and will play for the Jets in 2020.
Williamson simply stated that he wants it to happen.
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What should NY Jets fans take away from Avery Williamson’s comments?
Now, this is likely nothing more than two players supporting their teammate. It’s unlikely that any player would come out and directly state that Adams doesn’t deserve his money.
But still, it’s significant enough that two notable veterans on the team have declared their support for their frustrated teammate.
Williamson himself isn’t guaranteed a roster spot this season. The former Tennessee Titans linebacker missed all of last season with a torn ACL and saw a number of players step up and play well in his absence.
The Jets brought back essentially all of their linebacker depth in the offseason and added former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Patrick Onwuasor to compete for playing time as well.
If Williamson looks slow in training camp, there’s no guarantee the Jets hand him a roster spot given what they could save by cutting him.
Nonetheless, his support for Adams is still meaningful and it will be interesting to see how many players come out and stick up for their teammate.