The Jamal Adams situation has spilled over to the public and a lot is coming out.
Gary Myers, who first reported that Adams and the Jets have hit an impasse in extension talks, is now reporting that the Cowboys are in play for the safety and Dallas is Adams’ preferred spot if he’s traded.
ESPN’s Rich Cimini has also been on top of this story, and reported last night that the team has no desire to trade him, but more than half the teams in the league have reached out to to express interest.
As Cimini noted, the Jets don’t feel there is a sense of urgency because they have Adams under team control for at least two years and have the option of the franchise tag in 2022. The uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic and how it could affect the revenue is another reason as to why the Jets are taking their time, according to Cimini.
Adams wants a deal before the season and feels like the Jets are dragging their feet.
The Jets and Cowboys discussed a possible Jamal Adams trade before last year’s trade deadline but no deal came to fruition. General manager Joe Douglas said in February his goal was to make Adams “a Jet for life.”
If the Cowboys were to trade for Adams, they would need to make some moves to make it all work salary cap wise. Getting an extension done with Dak Prescott would be one way as that would lower his cap hit in 2020.
ESPNs Jordan Schultz was on the MySportsUpdate Football Podcast before the draft and mentioned that he spoke to Adams about his situation:
"I was with him recently & asked him about being on the Jets…he loves being apart of the city, loves the fans. ..What kind of message are you sending if you don't pay one of the best young players in the league?" – @Schultz_Report on Jamal Adams
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) April 22, 2020
Adams has not participated in any of the Jets voluntary virtual offseason programs. Bears safety Eddie Jackson is currently the highest paid at the position making $14.6 million per year.
Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is the only first-round pick from the 2017 draft to sign an extension so far.
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