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NY Jets were smart to trade Jamal Adams in hindsight


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Back in July, Jamal Adams requested a trade from the NY Jets. Adams was visibly frustrated with how contract talks were going with the organization and wanted to get paid immediately — but Joe Douglas had other plans.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported at the time that Adams wanted to be one of the highest-paid defensive players in the league, rumored to desire over $20 million a year.

Adams’ wish came true. Well, at least one of his wishes.

He was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in a package that sent the Jets two first-rounders and a third-rounder, although he didn’t immediately receive his new contract.

Seattle believed the LSU product could make them Super Bowl contenders in a competitive NFC. Instead, Seattle was eliminated in the Wild Card Round against the Los Angeles Rams. Now, the Jets have the 23rd pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, courtesy of their trade partners.

Seattle will have to pay top dollar to extend the former No. 6 overall pick because of the draft capital they gave up to acquire him.

Former NY Jets’ safety Jamal Adams struggled in 2020

Although Adams broke the sack record for defensive backs, the 25-year-old safety arguably had his worst professional season in 2020. He struggled mightily in coverage and was often attacked by opposing quarterbacks.

The 25-year-old earned a lackluster 62.7 Pro Football Focus grade which ranked 52nd out of all safeties in the NFL. His 52.5 coverage grade was even worse ranking 78th out of just 93 qualifiers at his position.

Adams missed four games during the season due to a groin injury. He will also have offseason surgery on his left shoulder and two broken fingers on his left hand.

The Jets have many holes throughout this roster and Douglas noticed that. Adams was easily the best player on the team and deserved a new contract. The Jets were also rebuilding and it wouldn’t have been smart to pay a safety 20 million a year.

Both things can be true.

Douglas now has more assets and cap space to improve this depleted roster. This wasn’t an easy decision for Douglas to make, but it was the right one.

The Jets can add an immediate starter at a premium position with the 23rd pick while having him on a rookie deal. Gang Green also owns Seattle’s first-round pick in 2022 and can add another blue-chip player then.

Douglas now has the flexibility to use these assets and even explore a trade for disgruntled quarterback Deshaun Watson. The Jets can offer Houston a lucrative package for the former Clemson quarterback.

Adams recently talked about his past with the Jets once again. On Jordan Schultz’s podcast, Adams said that his fate in New York was sealed when Douglas made a comment about his antics on social media negatively affecting his trade value.

The Pro Bowl safety said he officially requested a trade because he felt disrespected by Douglas. Adams also said he was on social media forcing his way out because that was the only option, just to come back and say he requested a trade after Douglas’ comments.

That timeline doesn’t make much sense because Adams’ social media antics started before Douglas even said anything.

The former Jets safety can’t seem to get New York off his mind, even after forcing his way to Seattle.

Losing an All-Pro safety wasn’t fun for the Jets. But they will be just fine.

Especially if they are able to land a superstar quarterback in Watson using the very assets they obtained as a result of Jamal Adams’ departure

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Just now, T0mShane said:

Anyone who didn’t see the logic or need to dump Jamal Adams when we did is a fool and doesn’t get to retroactively apologize for supporting Adams and/or support signing him to an extension. You were a clown then and you shall forever remain a clown in perpetuity. EAD. 

 

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If they draft a couple busts with Seattle's picks then this isn't the coup that many claim it is.

If they get a couple solid starters or the extra capital leads to being able to acquire Watson then yes, it was a good move.

Many here are celebrating Adams worst season (which was still good enough to be an all pro) but he will return to form next year with a trajectory towards a gold jacket.

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8 minutes ago, Pac said:

If they draft a couple busts with Seattle's picks then this isn't the coup that many claim it is.

If they get a couple solid starters or the extra capital leads to being able to acquire Watson then yes, it was a good move.

Many here are celebrating Adams worst season (which was still good enough to be an all pro) but he will return to form next year with a trajectory towards a gold jacket.

His “trajectory” has been a flat line since high school, you twit

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Adams reminds me of Odell Beckham Jr. He will give you a highlight play occasionally, and make sure it is promoted publicly. But 80% of the time he is screwing up all of the little routine parts of his job, and his mouth never stops spewing about his greatness. Those types of dudes are never worth the aggravation, let alone a long term financial commitment.


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10 minutes ago, T0mShane said:

“Jessie Bates” is the other second team All Pro safety and I don’t even think “Jessie Bates” is a real person

Your lack of Foosball knowledge isn't a viable defense for your substandard assertions.

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Who was the guy with the smear campaign against this guy when it should have been directed at Sam ?

Sure it lead to posts but a lot of guys took it seriously 

I would consider being stuck in a cross country road trip with Jamal and having to listen to him run his mouth the 7th level of hell but Who cares he plays football he’s not my buddy 


tweets? Lol

the NFL does an amazing job marketing the guys in the league that are awesome but the reality is most of them are assholes 

After tomlin got caught saying the patriots were assholes one of the Steelers defended him by saying in effect, “look at what we do for a living we hit people we’re all assholes “
 

do you have to like a guy to acknowledge that he can football ?  
 

it was weird seeing posters parroting the smears even in the face of facts, like just tell people he’s a jag box safety often enough and posters will ignore his reps at slot corner outside corner and outside linebacker and free safety 

So onto the trade the 23rd and the third and that jag safety whatever his name was, ole something,  basically replaces the value of a 6th pick first team all pro player so picking up a first next year is nice and should be a similar pick in the 20s.  The unused cap space could be vital as well. 
 

At the end of the day all parties got whet they wanted (Seattle has to pay him or everyone gets fired lol) so yes it was a good trade 

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39 minutes ago, Pac said:

If they draft a couple busts with Seattle's picks then this isn't the coup that many claim it is.

If they get a couple solid starters or the extra capital leads to being able to acquire Watson then yes, it was a good move.

Many here are celebrating Adams worst season (which was still good enough to be an all pro) but he will return to form next year with a trajectory towards a gold jacket.

Wow, that’s impressive. Didn’t even know he played golf too. 

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