The New York Jets Need to Trade Jamal Adams Now

Dalbin Osorio on why the New York Jets should Jamal Adams, now

Jamal Adams is the best safety in football. Jamal Adams plays a traditionally low-impact position. Jamal Adams deserves to be paid as the best safety in the league. Jamal Adams also has this year and his option year left on his rookie contract. Jamal Adams says he’s allergic to losing. Jamal Adams has been the best drafted player on a team that’s never had a winning season. Jamal Adams said he was built different. Jamal Adams is proving every day that he’s not. I wanted the Jets to draft Jamal Adams. I now think the Jets need to trade Jamal Adams.

I typically do not side with the New York Football Jets, because they generally have not given you reason to. Adam Gase seems grating to a lot of players, though Frank Gore seemingly loves him. They absolutely botched the Kelechi Osemele situation, and airing out Quincy Enunwa the way they did was not ok. Joe Douglas did not do enough to address the gaping hole at Wide Receiver and should have traded Robby Anderson at the deadline last year, but he spent the offseason focused on the offensive line and finding ways to keeping Sam Darnold upright in his third year.

However, one thing that I think we can all agree on is that Woody Johnson takes care of his players. Woody Johnson paid Darrelle Revis whatever he wanted, almost to his own detriment. Muhammed Wilkerson got paid, Ryan Fitzpatrick got paid, Nick Mangold got paid, David Harris got paid, Chris Ivory got traded for and paid. The Jets take care of their players, no matter whether we as fans think they deserve their new contracts and even if it doesn’t eventually work out.

Jamal Adams is the best first round draft pick for the Jets since Darrelle Revis. He’s better than Wilkerson, Richardson, Coples, Williams, Pryor, Milliner, and even highly-touted QB Sam Darnold. He’s shown up for this team pretty consistently on the field, though he had arguably his worst game as a Pro when Joe Douglas had the gall to try and improve the team around his Franchise QB by picking up the phone when the Ravens called. He’s always been a talker, always been a bit extra, always a little tone deaf (I remember him saying he wants to die on the football field his rookie year), but you got the feeling that he just wanted to win.

He practically begged Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles to get him some dogs, and they signed CJ Mosley and LeVeon Bell and Jameson Crowder. They fired the aforementioned Bowles, who never really held Adams accountable for his energy, and hired Adam Gase and Gregg Williams. Gregg Williams wasted no time knocking Adams down a peg and he benched him this past season, the first time Adams was held accountable during his Jets tenure. When faced with adversity, he has just not handled things well.

Jamal Adams knows this business: his father, George Adams, was a former first round pick who won a Super Bowl right here in New Jersey. He understands the business side of sports similar to how Patrick Mahomes or Christian McCaffrey do. On an Instagram Post, he said that we can’t use the pandemic as an excuse for why he hasn’t gotten his new contract because CMC got his from Carolina. Keep in mind that McCaffrey’s new deal slightly increases his option year and then tacks on raises to subsequent years, and he’s the only one from his draft class to receive a second contract so far.

If you look at the 2017 class, I’d wager only 10 of the first-round players have even earned a second contract, and two of them are All-Pro QBs. Two are young offensive linemen who have both graded out well during their first three seasons. Two could be/were reportedly shopped (OJ Howard and Malik Hooker), one has already been traded (Jabrill Peppers), one saw his team invest big money in a player at his position (David Njoku), and another is already on his 2nd team also (Reuben Foster). That leaves Myles Garrett and Jamal Adams, and Garrett is reportedly about to cash in at the end of this season. Garrett hasn’t complained, neither has Mahomes (who already has an MVP and a Super Bowl to his name) or Watson (division title and playoff victory under his belt), and McCaffrey didn’t either. They just balled and did what they had to do to get paid. Adams has taken a different approach.

Jamal Adams is the player the Jets took over Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes. It is a decision that has had long-lasting consequences because it forced the Jets to give up precious draft capital to go up and get a QB, that frankly will not be as good as the QB they passed on, the following year. Sam Darnold has been maddeningly inconsistent in his career and has not shown anything that makes me think “yeah, he’s going to be a winner in this league.” Jamal Adams’s actions have now brought the Jets to this point because the picks you gave up to go get Sam Darnold were not yours to use to build around Jamal Adams.

Before this point, you could make the argument that getting a Troy Polamalu-like Safety and a potential Franchise QB is better than the All-Pro Running Back and potential Franchise QB the Giants got. Your safety was better than their RB, you’d say. Having a potential Franchise QB and an All-Pro safety that helped you compete for division titles could numb the pain of however many Super Bowls Watson and Mahomes end up winning. Now, to know you will only have an inconsistent young QB that will now have to lead your team in year 3 and will have to win Super Bowls to justify your investment in him?

That is a tough pill to swallow given what you could’ve had. However, the Jets must trade Jamal Adams now: Sam Darnold is more important anyway.

Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.