Initial Reaction – New York Jets Trade Jamal Adams

Dalbin Osorio with initial reaction to the New York Jets trading Jamal Adams

Yesterday was really the last straw, huh? You could kind of see the writing on the wall coming with Jamal Adams, what with the Jets all-pro safety just going scorched earth on his head coach and general manager: lets not forget this is the same coach he gave a vote of confidence to at the end of the season, after he threw a tantrum because his general manager had the unmitigated gall to answer the phone when teams recognized his talent and wanted to trade for him. We may never know what really happened to lead the Jets to this point, today, where on July 25th they sent their best draft pick since Darrelle Revis packing. 

The trade: 

  • Jets send Jamal Adams and a 2022 4th round pick to Seattle. 
  • Jets get a 2021 1st round pick, 2022 1st round pick, 2021 3rd round pick, and safety Bradley McDougald.

Joe Douglas’s first test as a General Manager for the Jets, and by all accounts he aced it. Not only did he rid his team of a player that had made it clear he didn’t want to be there, he adds his replacement in Bradley McDougald. McDougald received a 62.0 PFF Grade last year, notched 63 tackles and two interceptions, and added a sack. He did have 14 missed tackles, though, and was beat almost 60% of the time, but you have to trust that Gregg Williams will put him in positions that he can succeed in. At best, he gives you Ashtyn Davis’s running mate if you decide to trade Marcus Maye. 

The key here is the picks, though. To put this haul in perspective, the Chicago Bears gave up two firsts, a third, and a 6th for Khalil Mack but received a 2nd and a 5th back from the Raiders. This haul is better than what the Raiders got because the Jets only threw in a 4th rounder to get essentially the same pick package from Seattle. Joe Douglas will enter the 2021 NFL Draft (Sam Darnold’s pivotal 4th year) with five picks in the top 100. He will enter the 2022 NFL Draft, Sam’s even more important contract year, with 3 picks in the top 64. Using this mock draft here  as a template, the Jets could walk out with Jaylen Waddle from Alabama to pair with Denzel Mims for Sam long term and Chuba Hubbard (RB#1) as their franchise RB to replace LeVeon Bell. Doubling up on offensive skill players for Sam Darnold seems like the logical next step after you’ve added a franchise LT in your first draft. 

Jamal Adams has been an absolute menace on the field more often than not and, over the last half a year, has been an absolute menace off the field. He has thrown anonymous teammates under the bus (which forced leaders like CJ Mosley to come to their coach’s defense), despite the repeated insistence that he was built different. The test, and his reactions, determined that was a lie. He has called his general manager a liar, and it takes ALOT for a player like Jamal to squander all the goodwill he had with this fanbase in such a short time. He now goes to Seattle, where he can try and bring a once proud defense back to prominence. It didn’t have to be this way for the President, who vowed to not make trouble and said that he was committed to rebuilding the Jets, but he did accomplish one thing on his way out: the culture has definitely shifted.

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.