New York Jets – Six (Realistic) Jamal Adams Trade Packages

James Kuntz with six realistic trade packages for Jamal Adams

This afternoon, Jets’ Safety Jamal Adams requested permission from the Jets to seek a trade.

This comes after months of rising tensions between Adams and the Jets over the timing of Adams’ contract extension.

According to ESPN, Jamal wants a new contract before this season that makes him the highest paid player on the Jets (~17 million annually). Jets’ General Manager Joe Douglas has long maintained that Adams is a foundational piece and the Jets intend to make him a “jet for life.” Reports indicate that the Jets have no intention to extend Adams before next offseason.

An additional variable affecting possible trade outcomes is league-wide uncertainty regarding the salary cap. Even though Adams is motivated to receive a record-setting contract, it has been reported that there are certain teams to which Jamal would agree to be traded without having an extension agreed upon in the first place. This suggests that Jamal has additional motivations besides a new contract, such as a better team.

As a result, it’s worth examining which teams might be interested in Adams and what compensation they could offer the Jets.

SCENARIO 1

Cowboys Get:
Jamal Adams
George Fant
Jets Get:
La’el Collins (Tackle)

Why does this make sense for the Jets?
Collins is one of the best young Tackles in the game (26) and is signed to a team friendly deal (5 years, $50 million, under contract through 2025).

Why does this make sense for the Cowboys?
The Cowboys have long had a fascination with bringing Jamal Adams home to Texas. Although they were reluctant to trade Guard Zack Martin when the Jets poked around at the trade deadline, the Cowboys might be willing to trade Collins if they get a decent replacement in Fant.

SCENARIO 2

Cowboys Get:
Jamal Adams
2021 5th round pick
Jets Get:
2021 1st round pick
2021 2nd round pick

Why does this make sense for the Jets?
The two most recent precedents for a young defensive player being traded are Minkah Fitzpatrick, who was traded for a first round pick, and Jalen Ramsey, who was traded for two first round picks. The Jets split the difference here for Adams, who is more proven than Fitzpatrick was at the time of the trade, but plays a less valuable position than Ramsey.

Why does this make sense for the Cowboys?
The Cowboys are clearly in win-now mode. Unless they’re interested in giving up Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, or Ceedee Lamb—which seems very unlikely—giving up their first two picks in 2021 is likely what it will take to secure a deal for Adams.

SCENARIO 3

Seahawks Get:
Jamal Adams
2021 5th round pick
Jets Get:
2021 1st round pick
2021 3rd round pick
Marquise Blair

Why does this make sense for the Jets?
The Jets get a first round pick, a mid-round pick, and a quality young safety with start potential.

Why does this make sense for the Seahawks?
The Seahawks have increased their cap space by low-balling Jadeveon Clowney and releasing D.J. Fluker. Trading for Jamal Adams would bring back some of the “boom” that the Seahawks have missed.

SCENARIO 4

Eagles Get:
Jamal Adams
Jets Get:
Andre Dillard (Tackle)
2021 2nd round pick

Why does this make sense for the Jets?
Douglas orchestrated the trade-up for Dillard when he was a top executive with the Eagles in 2019, and the Jets continue to have a question mark at Tackle.

Why does this make sense for the Eagles?
This would only make sense if the team can bring back Jason Peters, who is currently a free agent, to man one of the Tackle spots.

SCENARIO 5

Buccaneers Get:
Jamal Adams
Jets Get:
2021 1st round pick
2021 4th round pick
2022 3rd round pick

Why does this make sense for the Jets?
It’s not a ransom, but in the event that there is limited interest in Adams, picking up a few mid-round picks provides flexibility for the future.

Why does this make sense for the Bucs?
The Bucs are all-in in 2020 and 2021 with Tom Brady. To the extent that there are teams that would mortgage the future for the present, the Bucs are it.

SCENARIO 6

Panthers Get:
Jamal Adams
Jets Get:
Panthers 2022 1st round pick
Panthers 2021 3rd round pick

Why does this make sense for the Jets?
Although the Panthers are unlikely to trade their 1st round pick (since it will probably be within the top-10), an early 3rd rounder and a future 1st rounder is decent compensation for Adams.

Why does this make sense for the Panthers?
The Panthers are looking for building blocks for their young team. There are few defensive players who are better foundational pieces than Adams.