Joe Douglas has been General Manager of the New York Jets since June 7, 2019. As this offseason approaches, there looms an enormous decision: will the Jets move on from All Pro Safety Jamal Adams? Douglas came out publicly and said the Jets were fielding calls for Adams. The most common team in the running to acquire Adams’ services were the Dallas Cowboys. In the end it didn’t work out, as the Jets asking price was too high. Adams was visibly upset after hearing his name in trade rumors. After the trade deadline, Jamal Adams played on a different level, racking up 21 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and winning AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors two weeks in a row.
Ronde Barber recently said that Adams is a once in a generational talent. Barber isn’t wrong, in three seasons Adams has 261 combined tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, and 2 return touchdowns. It’s not only that the man fans call “President Mal” is the Jets best player on defense, he’s the best player on the team. You can’t trade a talent like this and expect your team to be better. It doesn’t matter what kind of haul you get, Adams is a cornerstone of this team, a player you build around. The Jets were asking for multiple first round picks from Dallas, in addition to one of their All Pro offensive-linemen. Dallas ended the conversation there, but you never know what could happen in the NFL. Jerry Jones has always been a fan of Adams, and he’s never been afraid to make big deals.
The past two weeks have shown how important Jamal Adams is to this defense. The Jets allowed 21 points to a Miami offense that is one of the worst in the league, and Lamar Jackson ripped off 42 points in a Ravens blowout win. Without Adams, the Jets secondary is constantly having to switch receivers, causing many deep plays, and too many easy receptions over the middle. Adams is very underrated in run defense, leading the team with 45 sack yards. The Jets rank second in rush defense, and Adams is an integral part of those situations. Lining up at linebacker, or on the edge, Adams has racked up 11.5 tackles for loss. It’s the mystique of Adams’ positioning, using different packages to confuse opposing offenses. Even just as a safety, Jamal Adams has the ability to have a major effect on all aspects of the Jets defense.
This is someone Joe Douglas cannot afford to lose. Adams is one of, if not the best safety in the NFL. The presence he brings wherever he lines up on the field is unmatched. After going to the Pro Bowl last year, Adams is having an even better season, possibly getting nominated for the First Team-All Pro roster. Joe Douglas, I understand that as GM you kick the tires on some guys, but this is not any old tire. This is someone who Jet fans love and adore. Adams is hungry for success and shows it every time he suits up. Jamal Adams is a ruthless leader, who will stop at nothing to help this organization win. The void that would be left by his departure isn’t something you’re going to draft anytime soon. Adams has brought a presence to this organization that was needed. This is not a tough decision, keep Jamal Adams at MetLife.