Jamal Adams trade rumors: Latest updates and reports, potential landing spots for Pro Bowl Jets safety

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Ever since Jamal Adams surfaced as a “hot name” in trade talks during the 2019 NFL season, the All-Pro New York Jets safety has seemingly been on the verge of another clash with general manager Joe Douglas. The latter has repeatedly talked up the Jets’ respect for Adams while at the same time publicly welcoming offers for the former first-round draft pick, and amid a reported impasse in long-term contract negotiations, there is new speculation about Adams’ future in the Big Apple.

With that in mind, here’s a primer on the entire saga, with up-to-date reporting on the possibility of Adams landing elsewhere.

Do the Jets want to trade Adams?

Ideally, no. As ESPN’s Rich Cimini and SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano reported, the Jets remain intent on signing the 24-year-old to a long-term deal; they simply prefer to wait on an extension, whereas Adams apparently wants their commitment before the 2020 season. With Adams under team control for at least two more seasons (and then potentially 2022, under a prospective franchise tag), New York doesn’t appear in a hurry to pony up top dollar, and yet they reportedly still want to make Adams a “Jet for life.”

Does Adams want to be traded?

Absent a new contract, yes. Or at least that’s according to Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson, who reported Friday that Adams “has been upset since” Douglas admitted to taking calls on him at the 2019 trade deadline and is currently “getting some strong trade advisement from his father,” former NFL running back George Adams. The Jets safety has previously denied requesting a move out of town, but all indications are he’d embrace a change of scenery if New York doesn’t pay up this offseason.

Are the Jets listening to trade offers?

Yes. Douglas has said so himself on multiple occasions, most recently right before the 2020 draft. Listening to offers, of course, is a lot different than seeking them out, and the Jets aren’t even allowing Adams’ agent to explore potential deals, per Robinson.

But the mere fact the team has so openly and repeatedly talked about the possibility of parting with Adams suggests they’ll think long and hard about serious inquiries for the former LSU star. In fact, just this week, the possibility of a trade came up in conversations between the two sides, according to Cimini, although it’s unclear how serious those discussions were.

What could the Jets get for Adams?

According to Robinson, ex-Cowboys star Michael Irvin and former Dallas and New York columnist Gary Myers, the Jets’ asking price is at least a first- and third-round pick. But it stands to reason the Jets could hold out for a lot more.

After all, they have most of the leverage considering they can feasibly retain Adams through 2022 — and that Adams would be forfeiting money if he decided to hold out deep into the offseason. For reference, in 2019 the Jacksonville Jaguars got two first-rounders and a future fourth in exchange for Jalen Ramsey, a defensive back with a similar All-Pro pedigree and desire for a new deal.

Does Adams have a wish list for new teams?

You bet he does. Adams has said outright multiple times since 2018 that he’d love to play for the Dallas Cowboys, who are headquartered less than 20 minutes from his hometown of Lewisville, Texas.

That’s not the only team he’d play for, however, per Robinson, and there are definitely others on the list. Geographically speaking, the Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints would also bring Adams closer to his old stomping grounds.

Are the Cowboys the favorites to land Adams?

With so many variables at this juncture of the situation, it’s probably premature to crown any favorite. But if you had to identify a front-runner, it’d be Dallas. Sources tell CBS Sports insider Patrik Walker that with each passing day (and no new deal for Adams), the chances of the Cowboys revisiting trade talks for the safety increase.

Dallas was willing to part with a first-rounder in 2019, per Walker, and would likely entertain giving up both a first- and third-rounder this time around, albeit not until the timing is right and after attempts to negotiate the price down. Contrary to recent speculation, the ‘Boys would have “no interest” in including wide receiver Michael Gallup as part of a potential deal. They’re also prepared to “hang up the phone” on unreasonable demands, having put themselves in position not to overspend by pairing Xavier Woods with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Even so, their interest in Adams “didn’t die.”

Who else could try to trade for Adams?

Speculated as a potential draft-day trade chip, Adams has already drawn inquiries from “more than half the teams in the league,” per Cimini. Outside of Dallas, the following clubs could conceivably be among the safety’s suitors:

Cleveland Browns: Even after spending a second-rounder on Grant Delpit, the Browns could use more proven help than Karl Joseph, especially considering the latter’s injury history. New coach Kevin Stefanski knows well the benefit of premier safeties, having run an offense that practiced against Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris in Minnesota. The Browns are also loaded with cap space for 2020.

Houston Texans: If there’s one GM who can’t be ruled out of any blockbuster, it’s Bill O’Brien. Having saved money by cutting Tashaun Gipson one year into a big deal, they could still use an upgrade opposite Justin Reid. Considering their proximity to Dallas in comparison to the rest of the league, they’d also surely warrant a sign-off from Adams’ camp.

Miami Dolphins: After auctioning their top talent in 2019, the Dolphins have kicked the pendulum in the opposite direction for 2020, emphasizing immediate help for their defense. Perhaps the most glaring hole is at safety, where Minkah Fitzpatrick no longer resides. With lots of cap room and a former safeties coach in Brian Flores running the show, why wouldn’t they call?

Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles sacrificed a few more years of Malcolm Jenkins in order to secure Darius Slay at cornerback, but Adams is the kind of young, ascending star Howie Roseman would assuredly explore, especially considering his penchant for filling the safety spot on the veteran market. His physicality would charm coordinator Jim Schwartz in a heartbeat.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: They added Antoine Winfield Jr. in the second round, but they could use more secondary help while in win-now mode. They’re also loaded with Adams connections: Coordinator Todd Bowles was the Jets’ head coach when Adams was drafted, and former New York defensive assistants Mike Caldwell and Kacy Rodgers are also on staff with Tampa Bay.

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