New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams received his $2.765 million roster bonus on Friday, which will comprise the bulk of his salary in 2020.
Adams has a fifth-year option in 2021 which the Jets will almost certainly pick up, though general manager Joe Douglas is still hoping to sign Adams to a long-term extension (via Sam Neumann of USA TODAY):
When Joe Douglas spoke to reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis at the beginning of the NFL offseason, the Jets general manager indicated that he wanted to make Adams a “Jet for life.” Douglas acknowledged that there had been “some preliminary discussions” regarding an extension, but there hasn’t been much traction on that front with free agency in full swing.
The Jets would probably sign their All-Pro to an extension right now if they had the flexibility, but they are still pursuing a number of free agents and need to account for rookie contracts.
Adams was a menace in 2019, notching 6.5 sacks, 10 tackles for a loss and a pair of defensive touchdowns in his third season. Pro Football Focus ranked Adams as the 32nd-best player in all of football last season, but he is especially invaluable for a Jets team that gives him the freedom to hawk opposing quarterbacks.
The former LSU star is the anchor for a Jets defense that ranked 10th in defense-adjusted value over average, per Football Outsiders. New York might be in the market to sign edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney, which might make Adams and the rest of the secondary that much more dangerous given the added pressure opposing quarterbacks would face on a weekly basis.