New York Jets: Thoughts and Grades on the Jamal Adams Trade

Jamal Adams, New York Jets. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images).
Jamal Adams, New York Jets. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images). /

The New York Jets traded safety Jamal Adams to the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday, but was it a good deal for the Jets?

For the past couple of weeks, the New York Jets team and operations have played out like a soap opera. First off, safety Jamal Adams tried to look for a long-term deal with the Jets, though he still had two years left on his contract.

Then Adams, like he always does, goes to social media and demands to be traded and then selects teams, such as the Cowboys and other NFL teams that he thinks will make the playoffs to be traded to. Things got a bit silent as the hope was this would all go away by the start of the season.

With Jamal Adams having a “me first” attitude, this past week he criticized general manager Joe Douglas and questioning the leadership of head coach Adam Gase. Among the criticisms were that Gase does not discipline players (for a good example of that see Jamal Adams), and does not address the team at halftime during the games and instead delegates that to a Jets assistant coach to handle.

While I have advocated for Adams to be traded since he was a horrible influence to the team, it still would have been good for the Jets brass to just hold Adams to his contract, prove his worth on the field within the next year or two and then either release him or trade him.

The Seahawks gave the Jets two first-round draft picks in 2021 and 2022 and a third-round pick next year as well. The Jets also got Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald and all the Jets had to give up was Adams and a fourth-round pick in the 2021 draft.

Let’s look at the overall grades from some of the major participants in this whole drama:

Jamal Adams – to me Jamal Adams is the modern-day version of former Jets wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson. Back in the late nineties, Johnson was drafted in the first round by the Jets as a wide receiver (the last time the Jets actually drafted a big-name wide receiver in the first round of the draft) and he was just like Adams – a prima donna. He wrote a book titled Just Give me the Damn Ball, criticized the other star receiver on the team, the great Wayne Chrebet, and finally got his wish to be traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who later benched him and released him midseason, before playing for the Cowboys and Panthers.

Adams is cut from the same cloth as Johnson, his Twitter handle is “Prez” and is not the teammate you would want on your team, since he is all about himself. There is no loyalty in the world of Jamal Adams. Adams got traded to an NFC contender in the Seahawks, but I doubt they’ll be in the Super Bowl anytime soon as they play in the same division as the NFC Champion 49ers.

Time will tell if Adams will make it to Canton one day, but until that time, Adams is not a good teammate nor is he worthy of being a team Captain. He is not the role model that he was made out to be, based on his selfish attitude.

Grade: B for the trade, F for how he handled wanting to be traded

Joe Douglas – I am sure I am in the minority here, but I am not the biggest fan of how Douglas managed this trade. Okay, the Jets get first-round draft picks in the next two drafts, but they will be lower first-round picks, as I am sure the Seahawks will have a decent record this year and next. Plus, can we stipulate wherever those first-round picks wind up in the next two drafts, that the Jets use those picks on a franchise wide receiver? Enough of the offensive line and defensive picks, as the team’s biggest deficiency is on offense and their depleted receiver corps. It is about time Douglas recognizes that and makes those personnel changes.

I also don’t like the fact that the Jets got Bradley McDougald as part of this deal. He is a good player, but why didn’t Douglas try to get the Seahawks to trade back Pro Bowl kicker Jason Myers, who the Jets lost in free agency last off-season since they were too cheap to resign him? The Jets have a big problem at kicker they could’ve addressed by doing that. Also, if they wouldn’t offer Myers, why not a receiver from the Seahawks, like Tyler Lockett or DK Metcalf? If that meant one less draft pick for one of these players, that would have worked with me. I don’t think Douglas got the right player because of this from the Seahawks.

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It would’ve also been nice to send Adams to a clunker team, like the Browns, Jaguars, Broncos, etc. who weren’t on his “wish list” and wouldn’t be the overall best team he wanted to be traded to. I think Douglas still needs to address the biggest problem still on this team, Adam Gase, for this team to be a formidable once again. It also would’ve been fine to keep Adams on the team, distraction or not, let him continue to show his true colors to the rest of the league and make him play on the Jets until they were ready to entertain trade offers.

Grade: B- for the trade, C for how he handled the events leading to the trade

Adam Gase – how is this man employed as a head coach? I may not always agree with everything that Jamal Adams said during his contract issues were aired out to the public, but I do agree with his assertion that Adam Gase is a horrible coach and that he should have been fired the same day Adams was traded. Just because Adams is gone from the team, doesn’t impact the fact that Gase has not improved the Jets offense or the play of quarterback Sam Darnold since he arrived and that it should be Mike McCarthy wearing the headset and coaching from the Jets sidelines, instead of Gase.

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Gase is a problem on this team and needs to go… yesterday. If the Jets have another 7-9 season or worse, Gase needs to go. Due to his coaching, a player like Jamal Adams left the Jets and future free agents with the same type of caliber of Adams wouldn’t want to play in New York. Gase needs to go and the Jets management better not let his tenure drag on and on like they did with Todd Bowles. Gase is an awful coach and that will never change.

Grade: F. Show Gase the door, Jets management