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Thursday, July 9, 2020

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Jets GM won’t rule out Jamal Adams trade

Jamal Adams

The New York Jets shopped Jamal Adams in trade talks before the deadline last year, and the Pro Bowl safety is reportedly looking for a new contract this offseason. The team wants to give him a new deal eventually, but it sounds like all options are on the table.

Jets general manager Joe Douglas told reporters on Monday that he plans to meet with Adams after the NFL Draft to discuss the 24-year-old’s contract situation, but Douglas also will not rule out trading Adams. He said he does not intend to trade any specific player leading into Thursday’s draft, though the GM will listen if teams call.

Douglas has taken that same approach with star players since he was hired as the GM in New York. He made similar remarks about Le’Veon Bell toward the end of last season, and it seems like he views every player on the roster as having a price tag.

Adams still has two more years left on his rookie contract. He’s set to earn $3.5 million this season, and his deal contains a fifth-year option for 2021 that the Jets are going to pick up. The team could also franchise tag him in 2022, which is likely why they are reportedly in no rush to get an extension done.

The real risk with Adams seems to be the potential for him to become a malcontent. He was openly angry about the Jets shopping him at the trade deadline last season, so those feelings could come back up if Douglas dangles him to other teams again this week.

Jets reportedly in no rush to sign Jamal Adams to extension

Jamal Adams

Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams is not expected to participate in the New York Jets’ voluntary offseason program, and he may eventually hold out if he does not get a new contract. Adams would have very little leverage if he goes that route, however, and the Jets appear to be willing to let the situation play out.

All indications have been that Jets general manager Joe Douglas wants to re-sign Adams, according to ESPN’s Rich Cimini. But unless Adams is willing to accept a team-friendly extension, Douglas and the Jets have very little incentive to pay the former first-round pick now. There are a number of reasons for that.

For starters, Adams still has two more years left on his rookie contract. He’s set to earn $3.5 million this season, and his deal contains a fifth-year option for 2021 that the Jets are going to pick up. Then there’s the franchise tag, so New York technically has Adams under team control for three more seasons. It’s never a good situation when one of your best players is unhappy, but there isn’t a whole lot Adams can do aside from stamping his feet.

Also, under the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, a rookie loses an accrued season toward free agency if he doesn’t report to training camp on time. Adams could still hold out and hope that the accrued season won’t matter if he’s confident the Jets will eventually give him a new deal, but that would be a big risk for him.

Primarily because of those factors, Cimini believes the Jets are “content to slow-play this into 2021 unless Adams accepts a team-friendly deal.”

The Jets reportedly shopped Adams at the trade deadline last season, and the 24-year-old did not hide the fact that he was upset about it. Adams insisted he has quickly moved past the drama, but you can understand why he wants a new contract. He’s one of the best safeties in football and has made the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons.

Jamal Adams reportedly will not participate in Jets’ offseason program

Jamal Adams

Jamal Adams said fairly recently that he wants to remain with the New York Jets despite the issues he has had with the team, but the All-Pro safety could soon change his mind.

Adams is not expected to take part in the Jets’ voluntary virtual offseason program in the coming weeks, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. That likely has to do with the fact that the team has made no real effort to sign Adams to an extension since the 2019 season ended.

Adams said back in January that he and the Jets were in the very early stages of discussing a new contract and that he expected to get an extension before the 2020 season. While it is possible that could still happen, it would not be a surprise if he held out even when mandatory workouts begin.

The Jets reportedly shopped Adams at the trade deadline last season, and the 24-year-old did not hide the fact that he was upset about it. Adams insisted he had quickly moved past the drama, but you can understand why he wants a new contract.

Adams, who had 75 total tackles and 6.5 sacks in 2019, is scheduled to earn $3.5 million next season. The Jets will almost certainly pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie deal, which will pay him just under $13 million in 2021. Adams wants more long-term security than that, and you could easily argue that he deserves it after making the Pro Bowl in each of his first three NFL seasons.

Ex-NFL RB Chris Johnson riles Jets fans up by revealing his big regret

Chris Johnson went from being one of the best running backs in the NFL to a member of a time share with the New York Jets, and you can understand why he regrets that decision looking back. Just don’t expect Jets fans to feel any sympathy for Johnson.

On Monday, Johnson took to Twitter to admit he has kicked himself for signing with the Jets over the Baltimore Ravens in 2014. He said the Ravens offered him the same money and he still chose New York.

Johnson spent the first six years of his career with the Tennessee Titans, and he rushed for more than 1,000 yards each season. He eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark in 2009 and earned himself the nickname CJ2K. He then signed with the Jets in 2014 and rushed for just 663 yards on 155 carries and was released after just one year.

Johnson insisted he had nothing personal against the Jets but simply should have known they had no room for him with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell already there. That didn’t stop him from feeling the wrath of Jets fans.

Johnson was quick to toot his own horn after signing with the Jets, but things obviously didn’t work out. While there’s no telling how he would have fared in Baltimore, you can’t blame him for wondering what could have been.

Report: Jets claimed to be short on cash during free agent negotiations

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It’s hard to believe any NFL team could be short on cash, but that’s what the New York Jets reportedly claimed while negotiating with free agents.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Jets GM Joe Douglas and team negotiators told the agents of free agents that the team was short on cash. This comes despite the fact that the franchise is valued at $3.2 billion.

The Jets opted for mostly one-year deals in free agency, meaning they will have ample cap space a year from now. Whether that is part of the plan or reflective of cash flow issues is not clear.

The team has been the subject of some very unflattering headlines this offseason, and this is another. It’s hard to imagine an NFL franchise claiming to be short on money, and it raises the question of whether the Jets were telling the truth or trying to get a leg up in negotiations. Neither is particularly good.

Pierre Desir to sign with Jets in free agency

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The New York Jets moved quickly to land a solid defensive back option that came on the market this week.

According to Connor Hughes of The Athletic, the Jets have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran cornerback Pierre Desir, who was recently released by the Indianapolis Colts.

The Jets are looking for talent anywhere, and Desir is a solid low-risk move. He had a very good 2018 season that earned him a contract extension from the Colts, but took a step back in 2019 which led to his release. The Jets are hoping they can get him back to what he was two years ago, and if they manage that, they’ll have a pretty solid starter.

Report: Jets trying to re-sign Robby Anderson

Robby Anderson

Robby Anderson is one of the best free agent wide receivers on the market, but the New York Jets aren’t ready to let him walk just yet.

The Jets are trying to re-sign Anderson, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

Anderson, 26, had 52 catches for 779 yards and five touchdowns last season. His peak came in 2017 when he posted 63 catches for 941 yards and seven TDs.

The stats probably don’t scream “No. 1 receiver” to you, but when you consider that Anderson had Luke Falk and a mono-recovering Sam Darnold as his quarterbacks, things look a lot better.

A previous report said the Jets were unlikely to be able to afford Anderson, who could get $13-$15 million per season in free agency. The Jets reportedly are hoping to pay the receiver around $10 million a year.