RUMOR: Ravens’ salary cap situation could prevent Jamal Adams trade
Getting Jamal Adams on the Baltimore Ravens defense would no doubt make them better, but swinging a trade could be difficult because of the cap situation. Adams has made it clear that he wants a contract extension, but so far hasn’t been able to work out a deal with the New York Jets, something that hasn’t made him happy.
Last season, the Ravens were connected to Adams, so it makes sense that the two sides would be brought up together again. It’s unclear if the Jets will trade Adams, but a lot of times draft capital can talk.
Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic thinks the Ravens might have an interest, but with all the cap money already locked up in their secondary, swinging a deal could be tough:
But circumstances have changed a bit for the Ravens over the past seven months. Safety Chuck Clark has emerged as a starter and a key piece of the defense going forward and the Ravens solidified the latter by signing him to a three-year, $15.3 million extension in February. Fellow safety Earl Thomas is only one year into a four-year, $55 million pact and it will be prohibitive for the Ravens to get out of that deal until after the 2021 season. They could do it next offseason and it would provide some significant cash savings, but it also would create $10 million of dead money on the cap.
Given Thomas’ age, injury history and contract, I can’t imagine there would be a trade market for him either. In other words, the Ravens already have a lot of money in their safeties and their defensive backfield as a whole before taking on Adams, who wants a new contract.
It’s all options that the Ravens have to consider, but sometimes when you are going for a Super Bowl, you have to make the bold moves, and there’s no doubt that trading for Adams would be just that.