In the last few months, there have been rumors that New York Jets 2 time pro bowl safety Jamal Adams wanted off the team. In the prior 2 weeks, these rumors had truly started to develop into reality. Jamal would come to say, “Maybe it’s time to move on” earlier this week, and then Thursday, it happened. The New York Jets had told media that he was requesting to be traded away from the franchise.
After requesting the trade, he later came to tell the 7 teams he would ask to be traded to. Adam Schefter reported it first on Twitter…
Now that he has requested a trade, the rumors on where he could go have already started. In this article, I will be going over the 3 teams of the 7 Jamal listed that are most likely to obtain the young safety, based on a few factors…such as:
- What Jamal wants (a contending team, or at least close to one)
- Return value for the Jets
- Fit with the new team
- How much help does said team need at his position
The Eagles would likely be one of the best suitors for Jamal Adams. After losing safety Malcolm Jenkins in free agency, filling that role with Adams would be a major upgrade. A huge benefit for Jamal would be that he would play in the secondary with recently acquired Darius Slay as well, which would be a monstrous combination.
The Eagles have had many issues with injuries in recent history, so trading some of their pieces to get a young high talent safety would be a great move. Jamal would take a little while to fit the scheme of the Eagles defense, as it is slightly altered from the Jets scheme. However, this would give him a chance to get to know the players better, as well as work with coaches on improving versatility.
In terms of return value for the Jets, the Eagles own all of their own picks except for a 4th rounder. They also have an extra 5th from the Cowboys, so picks would play a large role in the trade. They also have quite the load of depth players, such as Dallas Goedert, Rodney McLeod, Boston Scott, and others. Adding a mix of their picks with some depth value players could get a deal done for the Eagles, and send Jamal Adams to the city of brotherly love.
The Texans could be another team in the market for a strong safety. Getting Jamal Adams would give the team a much needed secondary anchor, and another high-level defensive playmaker after trading Jadeveon Clowney for a mere pittance of his worth. Setting Adams alongside Bradley Roby as a safety duo would be relatively strong, and would bolster strength for the corners, as they are not necessarily the best.
The Texans have traded their highly valuable picks away, like their 1st and 2nd rounders, however, they maintain a stockpile of lower round picks. They have a third, two 4ths, a 5th, 3 6ths, and a 7th rounder. These picks alongside some talented players/ a talented player should give the Texans a good package to propose.
Another thing to consider within this team is that Jamal was born in Texas, and despite living near Dallas at the time, Houston was also within reach. This would bring Jamal back to his home state, and closer to some of his relatives who still live there. Bringing in a hometown hero of sorts could play a role within his decision.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers have proven that they are willing to make trades if they need to, to bring in high-value pieces. They traded away their star defensive lineman DeForest Buckner for the 13th overall pick in the 2020 draft. This being said, if they wanted to bring in a new defensive star for some of their picks and other talents, Adams may be on the list.
The 49ers have a slew of young talented players, as well as strong veterans who could be used in a trade to the Jets. They could throw in some receiving pieces to sweeten the deal, which would give Jets QB Sam Darnold something to help out his game.
Jamal clearly stated that he wanted to be with a contending team…and there’s very few better than the 49ers. As the runner up in the SuperBowl last year, Adams could be the difference-maker to the San Fran defense that could push them over the top. Also, the 49ers have a good amount of cap room in the future to work with, which would be good news for Adams as he could get his payday once off his current contract.
Overall, the decision will likely come down to the Jets. They hold the contract currently, but they do not have leverage on their side at this point. There is the chance that the Jets get desperate and just ship him away for whatever they can get, and this would be a team’s treasure trove if that’s the case.
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