The NY Jets have long been seen as an obvious trade destination for Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams. While Adams is highly unlikely to be traded before today's 4 pm ET deadline, an eventual trade still feels inevitable.
Adams' very obvious frustrations were the biggest talking point coming out of the Raiders' 26-14 loss to the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football. The All-Pro wide receiver finished the game with just one catch for 11 yards on seven targets.
Adams has a combined 142 yards across his last four games, and the return of starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo didn't do much to help those numbers in Week 8. If anything, Garoppolo's performance was even worse than what the Raiders were getting from Brian Hoyer and rookie Aidan O'Connell.
Adams was seen throwing his helmet on the sideline after Garoppolo airmailed yet another pass to his star wide receiver. After the game, Adams declined to comment on his future, although it doesn't take much to read between the lines.
When Adams agreed to a trade and subsequent long-term deal with the Raiders, he did so to play with his college teammate and good friend Derek Carr. Carr is gone, Garoppolo is worse, and Josh McDaniels has overstayed his welcome.
Don't be surprised if the NY Jets trade for Davante Adams in the future
Adams wants out. He hasn't outright said that yet, but it seems pretty clear to anyone who has been paying attention. Unfortunately, it's highly improbable that he's traded before today's 4 pm ET deadline.
The Raiders have made it clear that they have no plans to trade Adams midseason. Part of that is due to the significant amount of dead cap they would take on if they traded him today. They'd be forced to eat over $30 million in dead cap space.
While an offseason trade still comes with its share of challenges (mainly more dead cap), it is a lot more feasible. The Raiders may not want to trade him now, but it still feels inevitable that he'll force his way out in the offseason.
That's where the Jets come into play.
Adams spent his entire NFL career catching passes from Aaron Rodgers before his trade to Las Vegas. With Rodgers expected to return in 2024, a possible reunion between the two just makes too much sense.
The Jets are pretty desperate for wide receiver help, and even if they add someone at the deadline, it's unlikely that player will be a long-term piece. There isn't a reliable long-term wide receiver on the roster not named Garrett Wilson.
A pairing of Wilson and Adams would give the Jets arguably the best wide-receiver duo in the NFL. It would provide the Jets with the additional offensive playmaker they've been searching for.
Don't expect Davante Adams to get traded today, but there's a ton of smoke surrounding an offseason trade to the Jets. And where there's smoke...