The NY Jets may have lost a great player in Jamal Adams, but it’s hard to argue with the haul.
The Jets acquired a 2021 and 2022 first-round pick, along with a 2021 third-round pick and safety Bradley McDougald in exchange for Jamal Adams and a fourth-round pick in 2022.
With a trade request about a month ago and his recent comments criticizing Adam Gase and Joe Douglas, it was extremely evident that Jamal Adams did not want to be a member of the NY Jets.
Keeping Adams would have created a toxic environment in the locker room and since the All-Pro safety likely would have left eventually because of his unhappiness with the team, trading him when his value was at its highest was the smart move.
The two first-round picks the Jets received could be quite valuable for the Jets in the future. Outside of Russell Wilson, the Seahawks roster leaves a lot to be desired.
Their offensive line is a mess and only six teams gave up more total yards than Seattle’s defense this past season. Despite going 11-5 this past season, the Seahawks only had a point differential of plus-7.
To put that in perspective, the Buccaneers went 7-9 this past season but had a point differential of plus-9. The Seahawks won a lot of close games in 2019 and that type of success is hard to sustain.
Additionally, the Seahawks are in the toughest division in all of football. The San Fransisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams are the NFC’s past two Super Bowl representatives and the Arizona Cardinals could have one of the best offenses in all of football this season.
The Seahawks struggling would result in the Jets getting a better draft pick.
The NY Jets received an unprecedented haul for Jamal Adams.
Before Adams, the two most recent players to be traded for multiple first-round picks were Jalen Ramsey and Khalil Mack.
Ramsey is arguably the best cornerback in football while Mack is a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Mack and Ramsey are more impactful players than Adams so I would argue that the Jets got more than enough value for the All-Pro safety.
Additionally, the Jets got more from trading Adams than the then-Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars got from trading Mack and Ramsey respectively.
The Raiders gave up a second-round pick in the Mack trade while the Jets received Bradley McDougald and a third-round pick from trading Adams.
What options do the Jets have at safety after losing Adams? Marcus Maye, Bradley McDougald, and Ashtyn Davis could all see significant playing time this season.
Maye has been a good player for the Jets over his three seasons with the team while McDougald has started 30 games over the past two seasons.
Davis was selected by the Jets in the third round of April’s NFL Draft and could be an immediate contributor. The safety position is certainly not a weakness for the Jets even after losing Adams.
Jamal Adams is a very good player, but we have to remember that the safety position is widely viewed as one of the least important positions in all of football.
Unless you’re Troy Polamalu or Ed Reed, no safety should be considered untradable and especially not one who does not want to play for your team.
One thing’s for sure — this recent trade has made the December 13th showdown between the Jets and Seahawks far more interesting.