Hours before the trade deadline, the buzz around the New York centered around chatter in regards to star safety Jamal Adams‘ availability. The Jets elected to keep ahold of Adams despite strong pushes from the Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens, but it has created a strain in the relationship between himself and the organization.
He voiced his frustration to the media on Wednesday, stating that he holds himself in the same breath as Tom Brady and Aaron Donald. However, is this comparison fair and being interpreted in the right manner?
Jamal Adams’ strong start to NFL career
Through his first two-plus seasons in the league, Adams has quickly made an impact and earned a reputation as being one of the best all-around safeties in the game.
He’s coming off a campaign where he earned his first Pro Bowl selection and Second-Team All-Pro nod after notching 115 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and an interception. He has been a major factor on the field with his play against both the pass and run that has made him a game-changing talent.
It has also helped him be held in high regard by his peers as he was voted the 37th-best player in the league this past season. Adams is off to another strong start as he has 31 tackles, five pass deflections, and an interception that was returned for a touchdown.
Given all that, it made it quite surprising for Adams that the Jets had listened to offers presented to them in exchange for him.
Jamal Adams isn’t wrong, but rather misunderstood
Less than a day after the trade rumors had made their way around, Adams spoke to the media for the first time on Wednesday afternoon.
The 24-year-old vented his frustrations about the entire situation and how the Jets handled it. During his media session, Adams voiced that he holds himself in the same high regard that the Patriots have with Tom Brady and Rams with Aaron Donald.
Let’s get this out of the way first: the Patriots did listen to trade offers for Brady from the San Francisco 49ers back before they landed Jimmy Garoppolo. Meanwhile, the Rams haven’t allowed other teams to venture that route with them, but these comments from Adams have been blasted through social media.
Like any professional athlete, the LSU product holds himself to an extremely high standard with the strong belief that he’s as good as the best players in the league. But what Adams is getting with his stance is that he believes he’s the best player on his team and the Jets should similarly value him to what Donald and Brady get with their respective teams.
Jamal Adams’ future with the Jets
Beyond these comments that have created a stir on social media, the bigger question is whether he will be with the team beyond his current contract.
Adams is in the third year of his rookie deal that includes a fifth-year option. At this point, he’s hurt by the fact the Jets listened to trade offers for him that could have seen the Cowboys land him if they agreed to the asking price.
Adams has been a critical piece in their secondary that the team has built around with additional young talent for the long haul. However, this situation could put a wrench in those plans if it’s not handled correctly from this point on.
The entire matter is in New York’s hands to get back into his good graces with their best player if they hope to retain him well beyond his rookie deal.