The New York Jets have no intention of trading Jamal Adams, according to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.TV, despite the two sides reaching an impasse in contract negotiations. The reporter claims sources told him the team still believes it will sign the defensive back to a very lucrative deal soon. The sources also reportedly told Vacchiano they expect the eventual contract will make Adams a “Jet for life.”
Vacchiano said the Jets have always planned on offering Adams a contract that would keep him in New York for the rest of his career. The player’s side has seemingly become frustrated with the pace of talks.
The Jets reportedly reached out to Adams shortly after the draft, apparently wanting to wait before they sign a long term deal. Adams, on the other hand, wants his money as soon as possible.
Vacchiano claimed the impasse is really about a disagreement on how fast things should move. Because of the dispute, rumors started up that the Jets were listening to other teams about a trade. As The Inquisitr reported earlier, those rumors suggested that Adams could command a steep asking price.
The analyst posited that even if there was interest in acquiring Adams, the Jets haven’t had any serious discussions with other franchises. Vecchiano implied that this state of affairs could change if the current impasse gets any more significant — or is further prolonged.
The defensive back is angry enough that a deal hasn’t gotten done yet, according to Vacchiano, that he’s sitting out the team’s voluntary meetings. Some sources connected to the team allegedly believe he could also skip training camp, whenever that begins.
The analyst said the Jets believe they hold all the cards, so they aren’t worried about a potential holdout. Adams is signed through the 2021 season after the team picked up his fifth-year option. The Jets reportedly know the defensive back wants to be the highest-paid player at his position, and insiders believe the Jets will eventually give him that honor. Such an outcome would mean he’d be getting more than $14 million per year. Adams is slated to make $3.5 million in 2020 under his current contract.
Vacchiano believes this impasse is all about the timing of an agreement, suggesting that the Jets don’t want to give in on such a big raise quite so quickly. The analyst added that even if the two sides can’t agree before the regular season begins, the front office isn’t interested in dealing one of the best defenders in the NFL — at least not without getting an irresistible offer.