Jets DC Gregg Williams opens up about Jamal Adams, says ‘I got his back’
New York Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has made clear his feelings about Jamal Adams: He loves coaching him and he’s got his back. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Williams was asked a few different questions about Adams, his star safety, who has requested a trade from the Jets.
To start, Williams said that he has Adams’ back, and he thinks the safety is a potential Hall of Famer. Even though he supports Adams, Williams said he is not going to get into the middle of the contract situation, and he hopes that will play itself out.
Gregg Williams says he thinks the world of Jamal Adams. He says he has Adams’ back but is staying out of the contract situation. Said Adams is a potential Hall of Famer. “He has to handle his contract. He’ll do all those things.” #nyj
— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) June 25, 2020
Even with the defensive coordinator coming out publicly and praising Adams it’s hard to know if that will have any impact on getting Adams to change his mind about the trade request.
Adams was drafted in 2017 by the Jets and he has watched as other players from that draft class have received contract extensions. Adams has made it clear that he would like an extension now, but the Jets haven’t budged on that yet. He said recently to ESPN:
“Pat [Mahomes] is about to get 40 to 60 M’s [millions] a year. Well deserved … But don’t compare me to QB’s if you aren’t paying me QB money. S—, if I was about to get 40 plus u wouldn’t hear a damn word from me …
“Ima protect myself just like an organization will look out for themselves at the end of the day. & if you guys don’t respect that, cool. It’s all luv. Maybe it’s time to move on!”
Adams also said he doesn’t want to hear about the COVID-19 pandemic as a reason for not getting an extension from the Jets because players such as Christian McCaffrey received long-term deals this offseason
Unless the Jets decide to offer him the contract extension he seeks, it’s hard to imagine Adams is going to change his mind about his desire to be traded.