NY Jets: Why a Jamal Adams extension is unlikely

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 wants a new contract, but an extension is ultimately unlikely.

Make no mistake, NY Jets‘ safety Jamal Adams should still be considered a cornerstone piece to an already ascending defense, but why is an extension this off-season unlikely to happen?

We’ve all seen the headlines, Adams isn’t trying to hide from what has already been made abundantly clear up to this point. He wants out.

Now, this could mean a few different things. As teammate Le’Veon Bell expressed on Friday, “I just think he wants to get paid.” This is in response to Adams’ willingness to get traded to the seven teams listed to ESPN’s Adam Schefter a month ago.

General manager Joe Douglas has stood firm on his continued stance that he still wants to make Jamal a “Jet for Life.” Nothing has changed in this aspect, and nothing should.

The team has Adams tied to New York for *at least* another 2 seasons (could get franchise-tagged in 2022, doubt it will get to that point). What has changed, though, is Adams’ patience.

Jamal Adams has been everything NY Jets fans have been clamoring for and more.

Since stepping on an NFL field for the first time in 2017, Jamal Adams has been nothing but a breath of fresh air for Jets fans who have withstood years of neglect from star players, who frankly, wouldn’t want to play in East Rutherford for the green and white.

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Adams has brought to fruition what many fans have dreamed of for nearly a decade — a perennial All-Pro superstar who lays the boom in the back-half of the secondary. Who could ask for more from a player who is still in the early stages of his prime?

We now live in a world where a pandemic has swept the globe, where players are uncertain a 2020 season may even take place, and player extensions have been dialing in a lot slower than many are used to due to the struggle of communication from front offices to certain player agents.

Taking a look back at the 2017 draft class, only three notable players have received contract extensions — Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes (duh), Panthers’ running back Christian McCaffrey, and the latest, Browns’ defensive end Myles Garrett.

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Jamal Adams is almost certainly asking himself right now, where’s mine? Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be coming anytime soon.