The NY Jets still have no interest in trading star safety Jamal Adams per a recent report.
The two-time Pro Bowler remains embroiled in a contract dispute with the team. And really, just referring to it as that is underselling the gravity of the situation.
Adams is fed up with the organization and he’s taking every chance he gets to take shots at his front office, coaching staff, and everything in between. Clearly, this has become much more personal than a simple “contract dispute” at this point.
This came to a head on Friday when Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News released a tell-all, exclusive interview with Adams where the star defensive back revealed his side of the story and had some strong criticisms for both Adam Gase and Joe Douglas.
However, despite the headlines that this has made, the Jets seemingly have no interest in trading Adams.
Mehta mentioned in his article that Douglas was “open to trading” the 24-year-old. However, a recent report from Brian Costello of the NY Post seems to indicate otherwise.
Costello reported on Saturday that the Jets “still have no interest in trading him” and “that [Douglas] will have to be blown away by an offer to move Adams.”
What should we take away from the latest reports about Jamal Adams and the NY Jets?
It’s hard to know what to believe at this point with constant reports indicating different things. But in all likelihood, this is an issue of semantics.
Mehta is likely right in saying that Douglas is “open” to trading Adams in that he isn’t necessarily opposed. But Costello’s report indicates that the Jets will have to receive a massive haul in return if they are to seriously consider trading him away.
If you’re going to take anything away from this, that seems to be it.
Adams is still under contract through the 2021 season and then the Jets will, of course, have the opportunity to place a franchise tag on him. And given the updated Collective Bargaining Agreement that makes it nearly impossible for players to hold out, the Jets are the ones in control.
Much to his dismay, Adams can do his best to cause a stir and attempt to force the Jets’ hand, but they don’t have to budge. He essentially is forced to play for them whether he likes it or not.
And for that reason, the Jets may just look to hold on to Adams barring any monster trade offers. Of course, team chemistry should be taken into account and it certainly isn’t a good thing to have this situation hanging over their heads this season.
But Douglas is going to do what he feels is best for the team just as Adams is looking to do what’s best for him. There’s nothing wrong with either mindset.
Adams may want out, but the Jets’ don’t appear to be in any hurry to grant his wishes.