Jamal Adams trade rumors have been floating around the NFL for about a year. They’ve picked up again recently, with Adams set to start a holdout from voluntary workouts. The electrifying Jets safety doesn’t seem to be looking to sign an extension, he seems to be looking at other teams. Despite all the buzz now, Adams may not be traded for another year. However, if the Jets keep him too long, then they lose a ton of leverage in this situation. If I’m the Jets front office, I’m dealing him for the best package I can get in the near future. With the NFL Draft coming up on Thursday, we could see the Jets trade Adams sooner than we think.
So, where could he land? I think every team could use Adams’ skills. He’s about as productive in pass defense as you’ll see in a strong safety. Over the past two seasons, he’s racked up 2 interceptions and 19 pass deflections. Plus, he’s one of the hardest hitters in the game, with a total of 273 tackles in his three year career. He can get to the QB, too. That’s right, he was second on the Jets in sacks in 2019 with 6.5. During his three seasons in New York, he’s put up 12.0 sacks, 28 tackles for loss, and 23 QB hits. It’s safe to say he’s an animal out there. There are non-contending teams that could acquire him, such as the Dolphins or the Raiders. However, he’d undoubtedly love to play for a contender, and those are the teams I’d like to write about today. Here are five deals that could send one of the league’s best youngsters to a top team.
The Ravens get: SS Jamal Adams
The Jets get: OLB Matt Judon, 2020 overall draft pick #60
Imagine how scary this Ravens team would be with this guy. Baltimore’s secondary is already stacked, boasting Earl Thomas III, Marcus Peters, and Marlon Humphrey. Add Adams and that’s the best secondary in the NFL by far. A team with that secondary, Calais Campbell, Lamar Jackson, Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, Mark Andrews, Mark Ingram II, and a great offensive line would be the favorites to win the Super Bowl. As for what the Jets acquire here, the Ravens used their franchise tag on Judon. He’s just 27 years-old coming off a 9.5 sack season, exactly what the Jets need on the edge. It’s more likely that the Ravens would just send picks for Adams, but Judon to the Jets made too much sense to me. However, Baltimore would have to add a pick to sweeten the deal, as the Jets would only have control over Judon for a year. Overall, this deal really scares me. What really scares me is that it could actually happen.
The Cowboys get: SS Jamal Adams
The Jets get: 2020 overall draft pick #17, 2020 overall draft pick #51
With Byron Jones leaving, the Cowboys need some juice in their secondary. Adams to the Dallas rumors have been floating around since 2018. However, the Cowboys are in a more stable position now, besides Dak Prescott’s contract situation. I wouldn’t expect an Adams to the ‘Boys deal to happen before they can negotiate a contract with Dak, but it certainly could. That would cost Jerry Jones a first-rounder, maybe even two if I’m underestimating Adams’ current value. However, this deal gives the Jets to upgrade their O-Line and receiving core in the first round of this year’s draft, which would be a good situation. Watch the Cowboys in the Jamal Adams race.
The Browns get: SS Jamal Adams
The Jets get: WR Odell Beckham Jr.
This is definitely my wackiest proposal. OBJ trade rumors have circulated this off-season, so an Adams-Beckham swap would be really fun to see. The Jets need a new WR1 after Robby Anderson left, and Cleveland needs an enforcer on their defense. Again, it’s more likely that the Browns would trade picks for Adams, but this is too fun to pass up. OBJ back in New York would be pretty cool to see. The Browns would lose some ground offensively, but this draft class is rife with receivers. Acquire Adams and use your second-rounder on a wide receiver and you’re good. Adams to Cleveland is a real possibility.
The Eagles get: SS Jamal Adams
The Jets get: DB Jalen Mills, 2020 overall draft pick #21
After already acquiring CB Darius Slay, the Eagles have the ammo to make another splash. That could be Jadeveon Clowney, Yannick Ngakoue, or Jamal Adams. Philly’s secondary was one of the worst in the league, but this off-season they’ve done a great job rebuilding it. They added Slay and another corner in Nickeil Robey-Coleman. Adding Jamal would boost this unit to the next level. As for the Jets, Jalen Mills is a guy who can play safety of corner, so he could replace Adams (not nearly to his level, but still). Pick #21 would likely be a new receiver or tackle for NYJ. Not a bad option for either the Jets or the Eagles.
The Seahawks get: SS Jamal Adams
The Jets get: FS Marquise Blair, 2020 overall draft pick #27, 2020 overall draft pick #133
Finally, we have the Seahawks. Imagine this, The Legion of Boom 2.0, with Jamal Adams as the main attraction. How sick would that be? I didn’t like the first Legion of Boom, but I Adams is one of my favorite players so I’d be cool with the new one. Adams, Quandre Diggs, Shaq Griffin, Quinton Dunbar, and Tre Flowers would make for a top 5 secondary in the league. Jamal Adams as the next Kam Chancellor would be awesome to see. The Seahawk’s 2019 second-rounder, Marquise Blair, would be the casualty in this deal. He’s got potential, but hasn’t and probably won’t shine for a while in Seattle. A fresh start in New York with a possible starting job would jump start his career. Add on two picks, and that deal would be worth it for the Jets. Legion of Boom Part 2? I think it could happen.
So, those are some teams I’d like to see Jamal Adams go to. Whether he’s dealt in a week or a year, Adams’s tenure in New York will likely be over soon. We’ll see what happens on Thursday.
As for the Draft itself, I’ll release my final, two-round mock on Thursday, the day of the event. It’s gonna be an exciting night no matter what happens.
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