Jamal Adams, Le’Veon Bell May Be Traded In 2020

The trade deadline has come and gone, and Jamal Adams is still a member of the Jets. That’s largely because New York’s asking price of a first-rounder and two second-rounders for its star safety was too rich for rival clubs, but before the Jets started asking for draft picks, they asked for players.

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, when the Cowboys called the Jets to discuss an Adams trade, New York GM Joe Douglas asked about the availability of Dallas guard Zack Martin and left tackle Tyron Smith. Dallas made it clear that neither offensive lineman was available, and the Cowboys’ best offer ended up being a first-round pick and backup corner Anthony Brown. However, as Rapoport observes, Douglas’ initial ask is suggestive of how he plans to construct his roster going forward: from the inside out.

Dallas’ and Baltimore’s interest in Adams was previously reported, though Rapoport says the Jets received double-digit phone calls on the 24-year-old. RapSheet adds that a third team actually put forth the strongest offer, though who that team is and the details of the offer are presently unknown.

But the fact that Adams will be with Gang Green for the rest of the year does not mean that he will be with the club in 2020. Rich Cimini of ESPN.com believes Douglas will end up dealing Adams prior to the 2020 draft, and Cimini cites Adams’ “overreaction” to the trade rumors as one of the primary reasons for his prediction.

Adams’ post-deadline public comments in which he voiced his frustration and surprise that the Jets would even think about trading him are emblematic of what Cimini deems a me-first mentality that Adams has begun to display, a mentality which also manifested itself in a locker room blowup during halftime of last week’s loss to the Jaguars. Whether one agrees with Cimini’s characterization of these incidents or not, it seems true enough that Adams’ tenure with the Jets could be drawing to a close (especially given that he will be extension-eligible for the first time after this season).

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports also hears that Adams could be dealt in 2020, and JLC’s sources suggest that Adams and Le’Veon Bell may be traded at next year’s combine. La Canfora adds that the Jets were eager to move Bell and cornerback Trumaine Johnson at the deadline, but there was little interest in them because of their salaries. And while the Jets will surely not find any takers for Johnson in 2020, other clubs may be willing to take the plunge on Bell, and Adams will remain a hot commodity.

But for what it’s worth, Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.tv believes the Jets should build around Adams, Bell, Sam Darnold, and Quinnen Williams and not subject the club’s fanbase to another teardown. As many have said about the division-rival Dolphins’ rebuild — draft picks are great, but a rebuilding outfit needs core players too — the Jets should not blindly pursue premium draft capital at the expense of their foundational pieces.

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12 comments on “Jamal Adams, Le’Veon Bell May Be Traded In 2020

  1. BuckarooBanzai

    I’d fire Gase before trading either of them. Give a good coach a shot first

  2. h0wmyd0ing

    Jamal Adams is a stud. Don’t want to hear about me-first in a losing locker room. He’s probably unhappy with the lack of competitiveness of the team.

    Trading Adams for anything less than a massive haul would be stupid.

    Trading Bell, on the other hand, should happen. Bye, Felicia. RBs are cheap. He isn’t.

    • steelerbravenation

      He is more than a RB. It’s not his fault the scrub coach doesn’t use him right.

  3. metnoxious

    This is all speculation. The Cowboys?A first and a backup cornerback? Adams should have been more insulted by the Cowboys offer than the Jets listening to it.

    • justinkm19

      Amari Cooper went for a 1st and he’s at a more important position. He’s not worth more than a 1st IMO. Smith or Martin for him heads up is laughable.

  4. steelerbravenation

    Hope the Steelers have real interest in bringing back Bell. Hindsight is 20/20 but he shoulda been paid and not Brown. If it’s salary they are trying to shed them hopefully the Steelers can get him on the cheap. With Brown’s cap hit over after this season they should be able to absorb the hit.

    • madmanTX

      No damned way. The Steelers don’t need to bring back bellyaches like Bell. You must not remember what happened when the Steelers brought back Harrison. One gone, never come back. The team doesn’t need the distractions.

  5. Begamin

    “may be traded”
    Yeah, just like every player may be traded. ffs. Whats next, a team may or may not sign someone?

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