BREAKING: Jamal Adams to 49ers “Picking up Steam”

Grant Cohn

Potential bombshell.

I just got a direct message from a well-placed source saying Jamal Adams to the 49ers is “picking up steam.”

This doesn’t mean Adams is coming to the 49ers, but it certainly has more reality than it did a few days ago. And it would be a big deal.

Adams, 24, was an All Pro strong safety for the New York Jets in 2019, meaning he was the NFL’s best strong safety last season. He intercepted one pass, batted down seven passes, forced two fumbles, recovered one fumble, scored one touchdown and recorded a whopping 6.5 sacks -- rare for a defensive back.

The Jets took Adams with the sixth pick of the 2017 draft -- three picks after the 49ers took defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, a bust. Adams has exceeded expectations, and missed only two games during his three-season career. Recently, Adams demanded a trade, and listed the 49ers as one of seven teams he would like to join.

Adams played college football at LSU. Meaning he conceivably could reach out to 49ers outside linebacker Kwon Alexander, who also went to LSU, and ask Alexander to lobby the 49ers to trade for him.

Alexander might not have to lobby hard. Adams is great, available, young and not particularly expensive. The 49ers would have to pay him $7.1 million in 2020, and $9.8 million in 2021 before extending his contract in 2022 when the salary cap could be $50 million dollars higher than it is now.

Adams instantly would become the best player in a 49ers secondary that could lose three starters in 2021 -- Richard Sherman, Jaquiski Tartt and K’Waun Williams. All will be free agents.

If Adams joins the team, he would be the foundation of the 49ers secondary for the next five to 10 years.

Comments (11)
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Mitchell Alan
Mitchell Alan

Grant was hesitant about Jamal Adams a few days ago, but just laid out a case where Adams is the backbone of the future 49er defensive backfield -- a defensive unit which MUST undergo drastic changes over the next two years. Adams is a great start, an All-Pro start.

Daniners
Daniners

True or not, GC is right about one thing, Adams is an absolute beast AND it would make sense for us to take a long term view. First, we are probably losing at least three very good players on the back end next year. Next, they could keep him at his current salary for 2 years, then extend him. We would then have three key pieces at every level of the defense. Bosa, Warner and Adams. You continually build around them. Look at the Ravens success for years: Suggs, Lewis and Reed. My advice, give up a first and Tart.

bnez22
bnez22

boo grant boo

HeplMeh
HeplMeh

Have you seen this turd's video's lately. It's hillarious how hard he jumped on the wagon when before last season he would talk nonstop garbage.

bnez22
bnez22

#fake news - another one of grants "well placed sources" - maybe the same one who told him the 49ers were closer to a 6-10 team last year than 8-8.....or maybe his well placed source was a text message from his father.....Lowwwwwwwalllll

Supreme Niner
Supreme Niner

Quit Making things up Lop.

Matt Solorio
Matt Solorio

It goes down in the DM's


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