Despite the constant trade rumors swirling around Jamal Adams, at least one of his teammates believes he will be playing for the Jets this season.
In an interview with Hot 97 radio, Jets running back Le’Veon Bell said he recently had a “great talk” with Adams, the All-Pro safety seeking for either a new contract or new team. Bell doesn’t believe New York’s front office will attempt to move Adams anytime soon.
“Me, personally, I hope he doesn’t get traded,” Bell said. “But I don’t think he’ll get traded. I do think he’ll be playing with the Jets. That’s just me, personally, because I don’t think he’s going to get traded. Honestly, why would you trade him? I wouldn’t trade him.”
Adams, who is entering his fourth year with the Jets, reportedly requested a trade last month and was caught on video telling a fan he was “trying” to work his way to the Cowboys. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Adams would prefer a trade to one of these seven teams: the Cowboys, Chiefs, Eagles, 49ers, Ravens, Seahawks or Texans.
If the Jets suddenly decided to offer Adams a lucrative extension, perhaps the trade chatter would quiet down. However, with Adams under contract through the 2021 season, New York isn’t currently prepared to throw out $ 15-20 million for the two-time Pro Bowler.
After going through his own contract issues with the Steelers and sitting out the 2018 season, Bell understands why Adams refuses to budge.
“I think he wants to be [with the Jets]. I just think he wants to get paid,” Bell said. “I think he’s in the same situation that I was three years ago. He’s a young player. He’s been at the top of the game, playing at a high level and he feels like, ‘Dang, I just want to get compensated.’
“Me, personally, I’m not gonna be a guy who’s like, ‘Aw, Jamal, man you gotta do this.’ No. Hell no. You deserve every dollar you’re asking for. Everything he asks for, he deserves it.”
You can watch Bell’s full interview with Hot 97 radio below.