It appears that the already strained relationship between New York Jets and safety Jamal Adams got a lot worse. According to multiple reports around the league, Adams has requested a trade from the Jets on Friday.
Adams has reportedly grown frustrated by the Jets’ unwillingness to give him the extension he wants and decided he wants out. The two sides have been negotiating for a while now but failed to make significant progress.
Adams previously hinted at his dissatisfaction via social media. He first accused the team of having “a lot of talk, no action,” and then wrote that “maybe it’s time to move on” while responding to an Instagram post.
Jamal Adams, who emerged as one of the best safeties in the league in recent years, was already close to leaving New York Jets after clashing with the team’s front office last year. Reportedly, Jets fielded calls on Adams and were close to dealing him to Dallas Cowboys before pulling out of the deal at the last moment.
After another impressive season in 2019, which included Pro Bowl appearance and First-Team All-Pro honors, Adams decided to demand a new deal from the Jets despite having two years left on his rookie contract. The 24-year-old is reportedly looking to become the highest-paid safety in the league and top Chicago Bears’ Eddie Jackson, who earns $14.6 million per year.
Some sources add that Adams asked to become the Jets’ highest-paid player overall, which would mean eclipsing linebacker C.J. Mosley’s annual salary of $17 million.
Jets, on the other hand, are reluctant to cave in and give Adams what he wants. They still have him under control for two years for combined $13.4 million and can also franchise him for a reasonable amount in 2022.
If Adams and Jets end up parting ways, it is expected that Cowboys get right back into the mix. Other teams that might be interested in LSU’s product include Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans.