GM Joe Douglas releases official statement on Jamal Adams trade
In the statement released on Twitter, general manager Joe Douglas focuses on the Jets’ acquisitions. Their team acquired a concrete asset in safety Bradley McDougald, but the real prize was in the draft compensation. New York received two first round picks as well as the Seahawks’ third round pick for next year’s draft.
“This trade provides us with a unique opportunity to improve our team with multiple first-round picks in each of the next two years and the flexibility to continue to build this team for the future,” Douglas said. “Adding Bradley McDougald’s consistency and production to this year’s team was an important piece that gives us more experience on defense.
While we had maintained our interest in Jamal Adams having a long and successful career with the Jets, we know it’s important to be prepared and willing to adjust to new offers and circumstances. As I have always said, my job is to listen to calls and this offer was one we could not ignore.”
The statement indicates Joe Douglas’ intention to have Jamal Adams stay in New York. It even mentions the prior desire for Adams to have a long and successful career with the Jets.
Douglas’ statement may be saying all the right things. However, Adams’ recent tirades have made it clear that he was as good as gone. Before the deal was consummated, Jamal Adams had not been bashful in calling out various members of the organization.
He recently detailed why his head coach was ‘not the right leader’ for the team. There were also some words for the man behind the trade in Joe Douglas, after he reportedly felt betrayed by his GM. Not even the team owner was spared, with Adams airing out his comments on Woody Johnson’s recent issues.
It seemed like Jamal Adams was all but guaranteed to be out of New York. It was more likely a matter of when, rather than if.
Luckily for the Jets, Seattle offered them a sweet deal for the fourth year strong safety. With the trade package they’re getting for Jamal Adams, it became easier to bid goodbye to their disgruntled star.
The New York Jets can now look towards the future, while Jamal Adams gets the fresh start he wanted.