The NY Jets have emerged as the true winners of the Jamal Adams trade.
And when all is set and done, it’s hard to see this as anything other than a massive win for the Jets organization.
For months, Adams has been publicly trashing the franchise that once hailed him as their leader. He did everything in his power to force the team’s hand and now that the dust has settled, it’s clear that it worked.
Jamal Adams got what he wanted. But so too did the Jets.
General manager Joe Douglas was in no hurry to trade his star safety. Despite the numerous shots taken at his head coach and front office, Adams was still under team control for at least the next two years.
It would have taken an offer that blew Douglas away from him to consider a trade. And that’s exactly what happened.
In the end, the Jets shipped Adams and a 2022 fourth-round pick to the Seattle Seahawks for veteran safety Bradley McDougald, a 2021 first-round pick, a 2022 first-round pick, and a 2021 third-round pick.
How can you argue with that haul? Simply put, you can’t.
The NY Jets received an offer that they couldn’t refuse for Jamal Adams.
Jamal Adams is a generational talent who will likely have his name enshrined in Canton one day. But the man didn’t want to play for the team he was on and the Jets’ roster isnt exactly complete at the moment.
This move not only allows the Jets to rid themselves of a significant distraction being held over their heads, but it sets the team up for future success. There is now no team in the NFL with more valuable draft capital over the next two years than the Jets.
And given the still glaring holes at wide receiver, edge rusher, and along the offensive line, they need all the draft capital they could get.
Of course, hitting on those picks is important, but Douglas has now equipped himself with the necessary ammunition to fix this roster in the near future. And that’s what matters most.
The relationship between the Jets and Adams was beyond repair. The wounds were cut too deep. The scars were never going to heal. It was in the best interest of both sides for a trade to get done.
But no one in their right mind thought the Jets could receive a haul this massive.
The Jets got more in return for Jamal Adams than the Raiders got for Khalil Mack back in 2017. Mack was a consensus top-2 or 3 pass rusher in the NFL at the time of the trade. Adams, no matter how amazing he may be, simply isn’t as valuable as Mack is or was.
And yet, the Jets somehow managed to receive more.
All credit must go to Joe Douglas for sticking to his guns, refusing to budge on his asking price, and striking while the iron was hot. That isn’t the sign of an “inexperienced GM” as was hinted at earlier in the week.
It’s the sign of a man who knows what he’s doing. It’s the sign of someone who knows what he wants and won’t accept anything less. It’s the sign of a man who’s poised to become one of the best front-office executives in the NFL.
For the Seahawks, the trade is well worth it if they manage to win with Adams. After all, you can’t put a price on Super Bowl rings.
But for the Jets, this is an instant win — there’s really no other way to look at it.