The New York Jets may not have been big spenders in free agency, but general manager Joe Douglas let the market come to him and payed players at the right price. The results brought in help on the offensive line with guys such as Connor McGovern, George Fant, and Greg Van Roten, and bringing back players like Brodney Poole and Alex Lewis. After losing Robby Anderson in free agency, Douglas has decided to take a chance and sign Breshad Perriman in the hopes he can carry over his performance from the last five games of 2019 into 2020. It has been a steady offseason, but there is a big thing that still needs to be resolved, giving a contract extension to safety Jamal Adams.
For months now as Adams enters his fourth year in the league, the Jets and Adams have engaged in a bit of a back and forth regarding his future in New York. Things heated up during the trade deadline last year when the Jets and Dallas Cowboys were talking about a possible trade that would’ve sent the All-Pro to Dallas. The trade came close but they couldn’t come to an agreement, but Adams later said he felt Douglas went behind his back. Since then, Douglas has expressed how much he wants Adams back and said he wants Adams as a Jet for life.
The Jets drafted Adams in 2017 and he’s been not only the best safety in the game since, but one of the best players in the NFL. In three seasons, Adams has made 273 tackles, 2 interceptions, 6 forced fumbles and 12.5 sacks while going to two Pro Bowls and being names 1st team All-Pro. The sack number is really telling. Adams is a great all-around safety, but his pass rushing ability is so vital to a team that hasn’t had a legit pass rusher off the edge in a long time. His leadership is also impressive. There’s no doubt that Adams is the fire, heart and leader of the Jets and he plays like it.
Some who feel the Jets should trade Adams say that his position isn’t valuable at all for a team to succeed. It’s true that the biggest things you need to win a championship are pass rush, offensive tackle and quarterback, but you do need other positions to win. Adams plays the safety position as well as any safety in the league and he’s a gamechanger with what he can do on the field. He’s as a complete player the Jets have drafted since Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold and D’Brickashaw Ferguson in 2006 and 2007, respectively.
The Jets batting average in the draft for a while now has been a struggle but guys like Sam Darnold and Adams in the last couple of years seem to put things on the right track. It would be hard pressed to trade Adams in the first place, but to trade a guy who has been a massive draft success after so many draft pick busts for several years now would be a bad pill to swallow. Giving Adams the extension he should get is a must for Douglas, and it would go a long way for the future success of the Jets.