New York Jets, Jamal Adams

If the New York Jets trade Jamal Adams they will forever rue the day


Trading away your best player is never an ideal move, and the New York Jets are considering that reality if Jamal Adams doesn’t resolve his contract negotiation tactics. Adams is adamant that he wants an extension before the fourth year of his rookie deal, desiring a guaranteed contract that would help him avoid any relevant injury concerns.

It is always a smart idea for players to attempt an early cash-in, maximizing their talents and preparing for the worst. Adams certainly has the leverage considering his first three seasons in the NFL, having been an All-Pro first-team player in 2019.

Adams is set to earn $3,590,292 in his fourth year as an NFL player, per Spotrac. That is significantly less than the double-digit deal he is seeking. Reports have indicated he’s looking in the $18 million range per season, which would be a significant boost. Despite Adams proving his durability the past few years, the LSU product is ready to cash-in on his performance, knowing how easily the NFL can change someone’s life with an injury.

A similar scenario occurred last season when the Jets were considering trading Adams to the Dallas Cowboys. However, the Cowboys botched that scenario, and it seems as if the Jets have not forgotten their media leaks and how poorly they managed the negotiations.

Ultimately, if the Jets let Adams go, their defense will take a significant hit and their team as a whole. Losing him could be catastrophic to their goals of making the playoffs. Up against a tough Buffalo Bills team, rebuilding Miami Dolphins squad, and ever-competitive New England Patriots, the Jets have no easy way to the top of the division. They can use all the talent they can get, and losing their best player would set them back years.

Even if Adams doesn’t cash-in now, he will land a massive contract in 2021. If he remains healthy this upcoming season, I expect the Jets will give him the contract he’s looking for, but considering they have the opportunity to pick up his fifth-year option, extending him too early is not advisable considering the frequency of injuries in the NFL. This is a classic case of tug-of-war with team owners and players, all revolving around injury probability.

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3 thoughts on “If the New York Jets trade Jamal Adams they will forever rue the day”

  1. Of course, the virus def plays a part, but he didn’t want to extend him before this. However, if a player is asking for a contract 3 years into a rookie deal, you know it’s about guaranteed money correlated to potential injuries. Why else do that? Otherwise, he could wait it out, watch the salary cap go up and demand even more.

  2. First of all, Adams only made first team All-Pro last season, not twice. The Jets have no intention of trading him but hold all the cards for the negotiating. If you count franchise tags they have control for four more years. Douglas doesn’t want to extend before Adams fourth season partially because of the fiscal uncertainty relating to the covid 19. The cap could be severely impacted. Jets don’t need to play their hand too soon.

  3. First of all, Adams was only a first team All-pro last year, not twice. The jets have no intention of trading him, but they have all the leverage in the negotiating right now. They have him under control four more years if you count franchise tags. Douglas doesn’t want to extend him before his fourth season partially because of the fiscal uncertainty caused by the Wuhan Virus. There is a chance cap space could be severely impacted. The Jets hold all the cards right now, why play the hand too soon.

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