We heard yesterday that the Jets and star safety Jamal Adams have reached an impasse. Adams, who is now eligible for a contract extension, wants a new deal immediately, but New York — which has at least two years of club control left, not including a potential franchise tag in 2022 — wants to wait. As such, the two sides discussed the possibility of a trade earlier this week, but as Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.tv writes, the Jets have no intention of trading Adams.
According to Vacchiano’s source, the team has not engaged in trade talks with any club since last year’s deadline, though that has not stopped teams from calling. In yesterday’s report, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com noted that more than half of the teams in the league have reached out to the Jets to discuss Adams’ availability.
Per Vacchiano, GM Joe Douglas did contact Adams’ agents after the draft, just as he promised. But Douglas is fully aware that the team has all the leverage right now. It’s unclear whether Adams will stage a training camp holdout, but even if he does, he will have to report eventually if he wants to get paid, and even if he formally requests a trade, it’s unlikely the Jets will grant that request. Plus, with COVID-19 creating a potential financial crisis for all 32 teams in the league, it would be hard for the Jets to authorize a record-setting contract when they don’t have to.
The Jets do, however, have every intention of making Adams the highest-paid safety in league history at some point. As Connor Hughes of The Athletic notes (via Twitter), the current stalemate is only about timing. The two sides have not even discussed dollar amounts yet, but the Jets know they will have to cough up a deal paying at least $15MM per year with at least $40MM or so in guarantees. The only question is when that will happen.
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