Jamal Adams was the sixth overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. And in just three seasons, he already turned himself into one of the best defensive backs in all of football.
However, there is a snag. Adams was drafted by the New York Jets. And his contract is coming to an end soon. That being said, the two sides can’t seem to agree on a new contract.
This has left the safety far from happy. In fact, he has made plenty of public statements, expressing his displeasure with the team.
This week seemed to be the final straw though, and it appears Adams has officially demanded a trade. Not only that, but he has a list of teams.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, there are seven teams on that list.
Here are the seven teams to which Jets’ Pro-Bowl safety Jamal Adams would welcome a trade, per source:
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 18, 2020
All seven of those teams are considered serious contenders. And adding a safety like Adams could turn them into Super Bowl favorites.
What about the Jets though? What would they get in return? Let’s take a look at some possible outcomes and try to guess the three best trades New York could get for Adams.
3. Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys are definitely a team that would be a perfect match for Adams. He has already been linked to them in the past.
However, Dallas has a pretty glaring issue. They are trying to pay quarterback Dak Prescott.
Due to that, they might not exactly be trying to trade for a safety that’s going to demand a huge contract as well.
That being said, they could still make a trade and see what happens at the end of the year. However, that also means they might not have the biggest return for the Jets.
Still, the Cowboys could put together something nice.
A 2021 third-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick (they have two of each), and safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is pretty enticing.
Clinton-Dix gives the Jets a solid above-average safety to take up Adams’ spot immediately. Meanwhile, they get two solid draft picks back in return.
This is not the sexiest haul. But we are trying to stick to those seven teams, and it’s still very solid at the very least.
2. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles could potentially be very aggressive here. They will be aware that Dallas has a ton of interest and that Adams has already been linked to the team in the past.
At the same time though, they will know that the Cowboys might not have the money to pay him. So the package they can give New York might be beatable.
With that in mind, Philadelphia could make their move. At it could be an enticing one.
Start with tight end Dallas Goedert. A lot of people are very high on the 25-year-old. He has not been able to fully bloom in Philadelphia because of Zach Ertz though.
With Ertz ahead of him, Goedert is only getting limited playing time and limited targets. So Philadelphia might feel like the most value to get out of him at this point is as a trade piece.
Now throw in the draft pick. Potentially they could give up a first, but the Jets would need to throw some things back at the Eagles other than just Adams. We don’t want to get into all that do we?
Yes, we do. Let’s get messy.
So the final trade. Jamal Adams and a 2021 second-round pick for Dallas Goedert, a 2021 first-round pick and a 2022 fifth-round pick.
It sounds steep but think about it this way — there is a Adams-for-the-first swap and a second-rounder-for-Goedert-and-a-fifth swap. That’s not crazy at all.
1. Houston Texans
Bill O’Brien is making the moves in Houston. That’s all you really need to know about why they are the top team here.
The Texans have been ripped to shreds for some of the moves they’ve made recently. That DeAndre Hopkins trade with the Arizona Cardinals was an all-time disaster.
With that in mind, could the Texans make another bad move?
Yes, they would be getting Adams in return. But that does not mean they wouldn’t overpay.
No players will be involved in this one. I considered throwing in Will Fuller and making it all kinds of insane. But Houston can’t let him go, can they? That had to be part of the thinking behind trading Hopkins, which is that Fuller was ready to step up even more.
So let’s stick with just picks. And New York would be getting a haul.
A 2021 fifth-rounder. So far, very tame.
Then we jump to 2022 though. And that’s where they add a first-round pick and a fourth-round pick. And that’s a whole lot for a safety without a contract extension yet.
If any team is going to throw the kitchen sink at New York without an insurance though, it would probably be the Texans.
Now we just have to wait and see what happens. Were these offers too insane? Just right? Or is some team even going to top them?