49ers may Trade for Jamal Adams after Week 2

Grant Cohn

Here’s what I know about how and when the 49ers might trade for Jets strong safety Jamal Adams.

From what I’ve heard, last year’s Minkah Fitzpatrick trade between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Miami Dolphins will be the blueprint for any potential Adams deal in terms of timing and compensation.

Like Adams, Fitzpatrick requested a trade, so the Dolphins sent him to Pittsburgh after their Week 2 game against the New England Patriots last season.

This year, the 49ers could trade for Adams after their Week 2 game in New Jersey against the Jets. The Jets probably wouldn’t trade Adams to the 49ers before that game, because the Jets most likely don’t want to face Adams in New Jersey in front of their own fans, who would boo, or worse.

So the 49ers probably will have to wait a couple months to get Adams, and almost certainly will have to trade a first-round pick to get him.

Last year, the Dolphins traded Fitzpatrick, a 2020 fourth-round pick and a 2021 seventh-round pick for Pittsburgh’s 2020 first-round pick, 2020 fifth-round pick and 2021 sixth-round pick.

The Dolphins essentially received a first-round pick plus a little extra for Fitzpatrick.

The Jets probably want at least a first-round pick and a second-round pick in exchange for Adams, a premier player, but most likely will settle for less, just as the Dolphins did with Fitzpatrick. Adams and Fitzpatrick both were All Pros last season -- they’re the two best safeties in the NFL. Their value is similar.

So their trades should be similar, too.

Be patient, 49ers fans. Good things come to those who wait.

Comments (4)
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One reason it won’t happen SALARY CAP


I would think if players are swapped for Adams that both teams would want them in Camp to learn the system


I can see the Jets trading him in the middle of the season after they see their team losing. That would be the best scenario as they may just want to move on and get future draft picks for the All-Pro since they realize they aren’t winning with him anyways. Patience is key... I hope Lynch pulls the trigger when the time is right.


What percent chance do you think that he actually gets traded? A lot of speculation about him just staying on the Jets.