Jamal Adams, the standout Jets safety who is impatiently awaiting a payday, has requested a trade, according to an ESPN report Thursday afternoon.
The Jets-Jamal Adams situation continues to deteriorate. Adams informed the team he wants to be traded, a source tells ESPN. #Jets
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) June 18, 2020
Adams is entering his fourth year in a Jets uniform, so he’s now eligible for a long-term extension. Adams has been pretty vocal about it, and now he sounds like he’s just about done with the Jets. It’s understandable, considering his desire for a new contract comes after back-to-back years of being named to the NFL’s All Pro team, and his first All-Pro nod in 2020.
Earlier Thursday, in a response to an Instagram user, Adams made it clear he still wants his money and cast doubt about his Jets future:
In response to a comment on Instagram, Jets All Pro S Jamal Adams speaks on contract negotiations and concludes with “Maybe it’s time to move on!” pic.twitter.com/aGjJ1Vda3s
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) June 18, 2020
It was in line past comments from Adams, and it’s easy to see that things don’t seem too happy in Florham Park. The Jets entertained trade offers for Adams earlier in the offseason, with rumors surrounding the safety’s future in New York also rampant at the trade deadline in 2019.
The Jets, though, have little impetus to pay (or trade) Adams right away: With his fifth-year option picked up, Adams is under team control for at least two more seasons and has emerged as a team leader. While Jets general manager Joe Douglas has been adamant that Adams is an impact, franchise cornerstone player, there has been little movement from the Big Apple to satiate Adams’ appetite for a big raise.
Adams feels like he should be paid like the game’s top earners — he pretty much compared himself to Tom Brady a few months back — but if nothing else, he’s talking like one already.