By Jeff Moeller, The New York Extra/thenyextra.com
Jamal Adams’ exit actually began last October with the beginning of trade talks, and it appeared it would extend into training camp. However, GM Joe Douglas wouldn’t allow it to begin year two.
The Jets may have lost their emotional defensive and arguably overall leader, but they got a real read on Douglas.
From the start of the saga, Douglas held the leverage with two years remaining on Adams’ contract, and he never blinked.
It is now apparent that any unreasonable player demand will be bigger than the whole.
Welcome to the official beginning of the Douglas era.
It will be about one that will involve shrewdly adding necessary pieces and disregarding any potential skewered ones. He filled some necessary holes in the draft and craftily augmented the rest via free agency. Some of the higher-priced and somewhat questionable players — take Jadeveon Clowney – weren’t on the docket.
From Seattle, Douglas secured a nifty lot of a reported 2021 first-round pick, 2022 first-round pick, 2021 third-round pick and safety Bradley McDougald for Adams. He needed to send a 2022 fourth-round pick to Seattle. No matter, he got a good deal.
McDougald had a solid season last year as a strong safety, and he has been a spot starter for Seattle, Kansas City, and Seattle over eight seasons. The Jets ironically just signed draft pick safety Ashtyn Davis, who they have been gushing over since April. Marcus Maye rounds out what could be a productive trio.
On paper, the Jets look like a team on the playoff edge, and one whose confidence received a boost.
Adams is a two-time All-Pro with some still untapped potential. He did take the team by the reins and worked to instill an identity.
He did believe the Jets would renegotiate his deal in good faith, as Douglas stated that he wanted to make him “a Jet for life.”
Yet, Adams’ presence became bigger than it is, and the whispers to him of being the highest paid at his position and possibly overall in the game became louder and frequent. It typically doesn’t happen to first-round picks with three years under their belt.
As a result, Adams pushed the envelope and believed the pandemic could accelerate his demands. First came the trade team list. His highly publicized criticism of head coach Adam Gase in a New York Daily News piece Friday could have been considered the final push off the edge. Whatever the situation, Adams’ days obviously were numbered
If he had remained patient, Adams would have been rewarded, possibly before the start of next season when the world will presumably be normal again. He should have taken his frustrations out on the field and helped the Jets toward solidifying a contender status.
Instead, Adams will take his talents to a legitimate Super bowl contender and fill the void left by the legendary Earl Thomas. Published reports indicate Adams may get his wish after this season depending on his performance.
As for the Jets, they had some questions solved about Douglas and discovered their course for the future.