NY Jets’ safety Jamal Adams recently discussed an “insulting” interaction he had with Joe Douglas.
NY Jets‘ safety Jamal Adams recently did an exclusive tell-all interview with Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News that’s sure to dominate news headlines for the next couple of days.
In the interview, he discussed his deteriorating relationship with the Jets and had some strong criticisms for both head coach Adam Gase and general manager Joe Douglas.
But let’s get something out of the way first. Regardless of your opinions on the source of this article, just remember that these are Adams’ words. Just felt that needed to be said.
Douglas, in particular, was hit with some damning words from Adams who detailed the GM’s “bizarre” conversations and one interaction that left Adams feeling insulted.
Adams discussed how Douglas had insisted to his camp that an extension would get done this offseason back in January. However, weeks/months went by and no contract was discussed.
Douglas then supposedly pivoted to the NFL Combine and then to after the 2020 NFL Draft before finally telling Adams that they would revisit the possible extension next offseason.
Obviously, this left the two-time Pro Bowl safety feeling slighted. But it was Douglas’ words that ultimately led to Adams deciding that he was done with the organization.
According to Mehta (per Adams), “the powers that be wanted to monitor Adams to see if he was all-in with the Jets and all-in with football. The GM wanted Adams to prove his loyalty to the franchise.”
If true, that’s certainly a puzzling turn of events and it’s easy to see why Adams felt disrespected.
There are always two sides to every story. In this case, there is Jamal Adams’ side and the NY Jets’ side.
Of course, it’s important to remember that there are two sides to every story. This is Adams’ side, but it’s unlikely we ever hear the full perspective of Douglas and the Jets.
Adams had the following to say about his frustrating interactions with Douglas.
“It was very insulting You know I bust my a– for that organization every day. I work my a– off. For them to say that to me, I was like ‘Okay… Whoa! That was little bit too far.’”
That was likely the turning point for Adams’ relationship with the Jets. Up until that point, he felt that an extension would still be arriving in the near future.
But after that, not only did it become clear that the Jets weren’t going to extend Adams this offseason, but he felt as though the organization didn’t value everything he had done for them over the last three years.
He felt disrespected and for a player who has as much pride as Adams does, it isn’t hard to see why he wants out.
Douglas surely has his reasoning and it’s important to remember that this is just one side of the story. You can’t criticize him too heavily knowing that he hasn’t (and likely won’t ever be able to) tell his perspective on the issue.
But at the same time, you can’t really blindly support Douglas either knowing that there’s like some truth to Adams’ words.
It’s a complicated situation and one that surely isn’t over yet.
But if Jamal Adams does want out, taking shots at his general manager will, in all likelihood, help his cause.