2) Understanding the game behind the game
Douglas hasn’t solicited other teams about an Adams trade. If another GM was interested in a deal, they called, just as do with ANY other player. That doesn’t mean much. For example, Jerry Jones calls Douglas and says, “we are interested in Jamal Adams; what would do you want for him?” Douglas replies, “thanks for the call Jerry, but we love Jamal. He’s one of our core players, and he’ll be a part of the New York Jets for a long time.” “Well thanks for taking my call, let me know if you change your mind, bye Joe.”
Some reporter gets wind that Jones spoke to Douglas about Adams, and all heck breaks loose. The takeaway is any GM can call Joe Douglas. Because he answers the phone doesn’t mean the Jets are making a trade.
For Adams part, he is entering the fourth year of his rookie contract. In April, Gang Green exercised their fifth-year option. They will pay him $9.86M in 2021. Additionally, the team could put a franchise tag on him after that, which would pay him the average salary of the top five players at his position. He wants to be the highest-paid safety in the league and expects the Jets to make it happen.
Frankly, Adams deserves to be in that conversation. Fans shouldn’t confuse Adams’ posturing for a new deal as an indication he wants to leave. It might not happen in 2020 or even 2021, but he will get paid handsomely.