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Only the Jets could turn the Jamal Adams situation in the capital-s “State”.
Adams is the only true and great player. He is in the fourth year of his rookie contract, which means that it is extension time. The Jets have cap space: not a ton, but enough to develop a long-term contract that satisfies both sides. You have an opportunity to block a key component to the long-term and send a message to your locker room and the league that is serious about winning. Or, you can dither over the contract for reasons unexplained, the signal around the world that are the same old incompetent, the drama that plagued the Jets of water and, possibly, the execution of one of the NFL’s brightest young stars from the city.
Three assumptions that the path of the Jets are choosing.
The Jets picked up the fifth year option to 2021 in Adams’ rookie agreement in April, but several reports indicate that they are not in a hurry to negotiate an extension. That has started the rumor mill churning. Veteran New York sports columnist Gary Myers, the Cowboys are “seriously in the game“for an Adams trade, such as they were at the NFL trade deadline last October.
Adams is not attending Jets virtual voluntary offseason activities. Yes, they are voluntary and virtual, so that Adams’ absence is almost theoretical. At the same time, the Jets have placed themselves in a situation in which their only superstar refuses to do what the rest of us for meetings at a distance: turn off your camera with Zoom, mute your microphone and play NBA2K while the boss stammers. With anything that is happening in the world of sports now, Adams trade, the speculation is only about the speculation, so the Jets ‘ inability to perform a very simple task is to reach the largest possible audience. The Jets can inflict more damage on her reputation without the opening of the headquarters of the team that the majority of computers can do in the hottest days of training camp.
The biggest problem here is that there shouldn’t be a problem here. Adams is on the short list of the NFL’s best safety devices (Adams, Tyrann Mathieu, Justin Simmons, Derwin James, Anthony Harris, and an old guard of Earl Thomas, Malcolm Jenkins and Harrison Smith, if you want a list). Sam Darnold is the only player on the list more important for the Jets future of Adams, but Darnold is a slow cooking of the perspective, while Adams is an All-Pro. The Jets made some of the list of updates in the offseason, and the AFC East is suddenly right now with Tom Brady of life of Florida’s median age, style of life (the division of his pants while golfing terribly with fellow rich guys), but there is no conceivable path to the playoffs for the Jets that does not involve Adams.
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The Jets only have about $ 15 million in cap space this season, by OverTheCap.com thanks to ill-advised recent contracts for Le Veon Bell, Trumaine Johnson, and others. But they have a lot of long-range cap space and no one else’s, to spend the rest of the dough to the right now. It doesn’t take much caponomics know-how to structure a contract of $ 18 million per year range—that Landon Collins/Kevin Byard of money that keeps Adams fiscally satisfied and relatively affordable in the future. If the Jets could get an agreement tomorrow, Adams log in to Zoom, go back with a smile to the team headquarters, when they open, and the Jets start to look like stealth finishers in place of perpetual comic bumblers.
It is difficult even to speculate why the Jets are doing the Adams extension complicated. They may be scared of the financial impact of a season without fans in the stands, despite the fact that it does not scare the Jets or any other team away from hitting the free-agent market in March, when no one was sure that nothing would ever happen again. The Jets also spent the last few weeks of antique shopping in the free agency market of fleas, the signature of Frank Gore for $1.05 million and Joe Flacco at a cost of $1.5 million base salary. Both were bargain-bin selections, but none of the two players is likely to help the Jets much in 2020 or beyond.
Clearly there are more things between Adams and the Jets of some financial concerns. After all, the Jets were on the verge of trading Adams to the Cowboys last October, according to the reports, and the talks fell only once through the Cowboys balked at the Jets ‘ selling price. There is No legitimate football reason for the Jets to trade Adams, then or now: Even if the Cowboys offer multiple first-round selection, which simply reset the Jets, the reconstruction of the clock to zero at a point, when they should be preparing for a second phase of push.
Perhaps Adams is kind of a bad apple in the club. If so, you have done an excellent job of keeping it secret from the media of New York, which is known for sniffing out any hint of dressing room discontent. Yourself banking Adams to jump out of the game several times at the end of the Jets loss to the Browns last September, but Adams acknowledged that he was at fault, and you Yourself downplayed the incident. Although Adams has its headache-inducing moments, the trade, the players of Adams’ caliber instead of trying to build a better relationship with them is a great way to avoid missing the playoffs for a decade.
If the Adams problem is not financial, the football or the problem attitude, then there is not really a Adams problem at all. In its place, is a Jets problem. And the truth is that it sounds like an Adam Yourself problem. Yourself has a long-standing reputation for not-so-subtly relay your dissatisfaction with anyone, but Adam Yourself. He had contentious relationships with several Dolphins stars, some of which became rather public. He has been negging Bell almost from the day in which the running back of the signature. To encourage the cold war with its star players is so central to Yourself the playbook as a four-yard pass on 3rd and 15.
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The Jets were the Jets long before Yourself, of course, so that he may not be the only culprit. Bad organizations stay bad for being penny-wise and dollar-foolish, the reconstruction with one hand, while the firm 36 years of age, with the other and play to ” Make Your Own Discontent with superstars by fiddling with their careers, and then accusing them of being crazy about her. Yourself just happens to thrive in the type of environment that the Jets have spent decades creating.
It does not matter who is to blame. If the Jets realize that they have to pay Adams, there is hope that they have found the way to run a football team without sense layers of ego and intrigue, and you are finally good enough to make things more interesting next season. But if the Jets can’t escape from this finger-trap they have created for themselves, it means Yourself is to live up to its reputation and the Jets are doomed to continue to commit unforced errors until the team implodes and starts again, for the umpteenth time in recent history.
The payment of Adams should be a no-brainer. But these are the Jets, so the punchline at the end of the column pretty much writes itself.
Mike Tanier covers the NFL for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeTanier.