The New York Jets have traded their disgruntled superstar defender, Jamal Adams, to the Seattle Seahawks for a huge package that yields New York two first-round draft picks over the next two years.
New York also gets a solid stopgap safety with 29-year-old Bradley McDougald coming from Seattle in the trade as well. The Seahawks get Adams and the Jets’ fourth-round pick in the 2022 draft.
After a seven-month contract dispute and about a month after Adams publically asked to be traded, the Jets received a deal they couldn’t refuse. While Adams is already a superstar at the age of 24 and was probably the best player on either side of the ball for the Jets, his refusal to play for them and his recent public criticism of the organization made it impossible for New York to keep him.
With the trade, the Jets gain tremendous draft capital, scoring two first-round picks, and the Seahawks, who are already perennial contenders in the NFC, sure up their defensive backfield by adding the talented Adams to the mix.
Sources claimed earlier that the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers were also very interested in Adams. However, Seattle began aggressively pursuing the Pro Bowl safety several weeks ago.
Even though Adams was demanding a contract extension from the Jets, seeking to become the highest-paid safety in the NFL, it appears that he is fine with playing this year in Seattle without a new contract before trying to negotiate a long-term deal in the offseason.