AFC Rumors: Adams, Manning, Broncos

Jets safety Jamal Adams has submitted a trade request and may well have issues with Adam Gase — months after voicing frustration with GM Joe Douglas listening to offers at last year’s trade deadline. However, Jets DC Gregg Williams came to the All-Pro’s defense Thursday.

He has to handle his contract,” Williams said, via the New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta. “He’ll do all that kind of stuff. … I’m hoping everything goes well. I love coaching him. And I got his back.

“… I think the world of him. I’ve had a chance to coach a lot of really good players. Some that are already in the Hall of Fame. And many others that are going to go in the Hall of Fame. And he’s going to have a legitimate chance staying healthy to be one of those guys later on that we’ll all talk about.”

The second-year Jets defensive boss added that he wants Adams to “feel good about being here.” Given the events of the past eight months, that will take some doing. Here is the latest from the AFC:

  • Were the Jets to trade Adams, they do have rookie third-rounder Ashtyn Davis as a candidate to replace him alongside contract-year starter Marcus Maye, Connor Hughes of The Athletic notes (subscription required). The Jets were also interested in Tony Jefferson before he signed with the Ravens in 2017 and a month before they drafted Adams. Jefferson is back in free agency after Baltimore released him earlier this year. Eric Reid also remains unsigned, providing some options if the Jets seriously entertain trading their top player.
  • Bryce Callahan‘s injury altered the Broncos‘ cornerback plans last season, forcing slot dynamo Chris Harris to play almost exclusively on the outside. Callahan has recovered from his latest bout of foot trouble, and the Broncos are hoping to play him in the slot, per The Athletic’s Nicki Jhabvala. Denver still appears thin at corner, but Jhabvala adds the team hopes third-round rookie Michael Ojemudia can seize the outside corner job opposite A.J. Bouye. That may be difficult, however, with Vic Fangio using a complex scheme and the Broncos having seen multiple third-round corners (Brendan Langley and Isaac Yiadom) struggle in recent years.
  • Peyton Manning has said years ago he was close to signing with the Titans, but the Broncos won out for the future Hall of Fame quarterback. Discussing the fallout from Manning’s 2012 free agency, ex-Titans exec Mike Reinfeldt said the acclaimed passer’s timetable affected the Titans’ plans. “The only thing I wished had happened was that Peyton could have made the decision earlier,” Reinfeldt said, via The Athletic’s Mike Sando. “But I don’t know that he was in position to do so because of his health. … There is no magic way to build a team, but what you can’t do is get caught in between one plan and the other plan. That is what happened to us.” The Titans earmarking Manning money during the first week of free agency, and then waiting on the ex-Colt’s decision, caused them to miss out on pursuits of Mario Williams and Pro Bowl guards Carl Nicks and Ben Grubbs, with Sando adding each was a target of then-GM Ruston Webster. Tennessee finished 6-10 in 2012 and would not post a winning season again until 2016.
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9 comments on “AFC Rumors: Adams, Manning, Broncos

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      Eli’s going to come out of retirement to play for a team that has gone 27-37 since his brother retired after winning SB 50 four years earlier?

  1. jb19

    Jamal Adams is a really good player, but I’m tired of hearing about him and his contract situation. Especially this offseason with everything going on. Seems like everyday we see the COVID news, the riot updates, Jamal Adams contract situation and the theory of “systemic racism” in America.

  2. king beas

    Enough about Adams every day there’s a new article saying the same thing

  3. mlbnyyfan

    Make a threat your trading Adams to Philly then I’m sure Jerry Jones will give you whatever you want. Some players should want to be the ones to help bring a championship back to the Jets. One championship for Jets fans will mean so much more. That’s exactly what I thought about KD in OKC before he climbed aboard the GS train.

    • jkoms57

      How about start with a division title first?

      Darnold has huge potential and could break out given a normal season without mono etc.

      Bills are stacked. Patriots tanking. Dolphins are dolphins

  4. Appalachian_Outlaw

    Adams’ issues with Gase conveniently surfaced right in the middle of his issues with his contract. I’d almost bet for twenty million dollars a year, they’d get along just fine.

    Adams is a special player, no doubt. The reality of the cap in the NFL is that it’s going to be really hard to pay a safety that type of figure though and still field a competitive team.

    The Jets are going to be hard-pressed to come out winners here.

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