The safety’s rookie contract will expire soon and he’s expecting a big pay-day. However, the Jets haven’t made efforts to fulfill Adams’s request. He aired out his frustrations on Instagram, stating that it is time to move on from the franchise, according to Field Yates.
Adams was drafted sixth overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. Since then, he has made the 2017 All-Rookie Team and two straight Pro Bowls. In 2019, he led the team in total sacks (6.5), tackles for loss (13.5), and interception yards (61). According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter there are seven teams that Adams would welcome a trade, including the Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans.
Adams is a player that possesses leadership qualities, which all played a role in him being the face of the franchise and the Jets finishing third in the AFC East. At only 24-years-old, he is a player that has tremendous value. While almost every team would want to grab him, five specific teams should consider making a move.
5 Teams That Should Consider Trading for Jamal Adams
1. Baltimore Ravens
In the 2019 season, Baltimore ranked third overall in defense, sixth against the pass, and fifth against the rush. A reason for their defensive success is their now fully loaded supportive cast, including Earl Thomas, cornerback Marcus Peters and most recently, defensive end Calais Campbell.
As loaded as Baltimore is defensively and offensively, grabbing Adams will elevate their ceiling even more. The ideal trade would be for the Ravens to give up safety Chuck Clark in exchange for Adams. Once he’s paired up with Thomas and Peters, the secondary will be much more explosive next season, which can cause many problems for many teams.
2. Dallas Cowboys
For the Dallas Cowboys, they have to be all in when acquiring Jamal Adams. Jerry Jones has made attempts to pursue Adams in early 2019, and again this season, but the main reason that it hasn’t been successful is due to the high asking price from both parties.
The offense in Dallas is solid enough to compete for a Super Bowl, with multiple players making at least $20 million a year on that offense (e.g. Amari Cooper). On the other hand, the defense hasn’t been too stellar and could use a leader like Adams to solidify the secondary.
Making a lock for safety could be a long process, as the Cowboys will have to handle other contracts, such as signing quarterback Dak Prescott to a fresh deal. If it has to be a deal where future draft picks will have to be given up, for a guy like Adams, it is worth it.
3. Philadelphia Eagles
After making a splash in the secondary by acquiring cornerback Darius Slay, the Eagles are looking to become a force in a wishy-washy NFC East. Adding Jamal Adams to the mix will further put the icing on the cake.
Philadelphia’s defense last season ranked 3rd in the rush but ranked 19th on the pass.
The ideal situation would be to acquire Adams, moving current cornerback Jalen Mills to a rotational role. This would pair Slay and Adams together, which could make some magic within the secondary. Although the Eagles could run into some trouble with limited cap space, there could be some wiggle room to make Adams fit.
4. Seattle Seahawks
Seattle has proven to be a team capable of making significant moves, as they picked up defensive end Jadeveon Clowney from the Houston Texans in 2019. Still, adding Adams to the defense could spark up a potential ”Legion of Boom 2.0”, which is something the Seahawks should make a priority.
Defensively, Seattle ranked 22nd on the pass and 27th in the rush. With Adams in the unit, this opens up more flexibility and freedom for cornerbacks Quandre Diggs, Shaquill Griffin, and Tre Flowers. More flexibility in a second unit means that more efficiency will be made on the pass and the rush.
Since Clowney and the team has yet to decide on an extension, they are willing to open up more cap space for Adams.
5. Houston Texans
As of late, Houston Texans have made some questionable decisions, such as trading away Clowney and premier wide receiver, Deandre Hopkins.
Considering their decision-making, it isn’t too outlandish on the possibility for them to take a deep plunge on Adams. The Texans have decent cap space and could benefit from pairing Adams with safety Justin Reid.
The issues that would arise with trading Adams is Houston’s desires to give up their 2021 top draft picks, as well as whether quarterback Deshaun Watson will see his big pay-day. Yet, considering how the Texans were quick to move Hopkins out of Houston, it shouldn’t be too much of a problem to squeeze in Adams.