Le’Veon Bell predicts that Jamal Adams won’t be traded
But Adams’ request might be just be posturing.
Jets running back Le’Veon Bell said he believes Adams wants to be in New York during an interview with Hot 97 Radio, and that he will not be traded before the season begins.
Not what fans from Seattle to Dallas to Philadelphia had hoped to hear…. pic.twitter.com/OebU14gN2t
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 11, 2020
Indeed, there has not been much on the Adams trade front with the Jets in recent weeks.
Part of the relative inactivity might stem from Adams’ purported salary demands. The 24-year-old is looking for an extension that will pay him over $20 million per year, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
Jamal Adams’ future contract demands loom large in trade talks. If he wants pay among top defensive players – which one source whose team has looked into Adams believes – that’s well above $20M per year, while safety market is below $15M. Tough for a SS, no matter how good.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) June 19, 2020
The Jets might also be negotiating with a high price tag, which is well within their right.
Adams is already one of the best defensive players in football. He finished last season with 6.5 sacks and a pair of forced fumbles, in addition to 13 quarterback hits and 10 tackles for a loss. Adams wreaks havoc in the backfield, and he is equally as dangerous as a roving safety in coverage.
It might be notable Bell feels confident Adams will be with the team next season, mostly because Le’Veon has also butted heads with Jets management and especially head coach Adam Gase.
New York has yet to decide whether it will make the investment in Adams, but the Jets are also hoping their previous investment in Bell starts to pay off.
The two-time All-Pro averaged just 3.2 yards per carry last season, but might benefit from some of the additions the Jets made to the offensive line.
In any case, the continued presence of Adams in the secondary and improved Bell would each go a long way in New York’s playoff hopes in 2020.