One Month Later, Grading the New York Jets Trade of Jamal Adams

Kristian Dyer

This time a month ago, there was still dissection of the New York Jets trade of safety Jamal Adams to the Seattle Seahawks.

Such was the magnitude of the Jets sending their biggest star out in a blockbuster deal that the return on investment from general manager Joe Douglas’ first major move has proven tricky to evaluate.

The Jets sent Adams, an All-Pro last year and their only Pro Bowl selection, along with a fourth round pick to the Seahawks. In return, the Jets got a starting safety in Bradley McDougald, two first round picks (2021, 2022) and a third round pick (2021). It sounds like quite a ransom, especially since McDougald is a well-respected and accomplished safety in his own right.

But considering that the Seahawks are a likely playoff team who project to pick late in the first round, the net return for the Jets trading one of the best defensive players in the game (and their biggest star) all of a sudden makes analyzing the trade a bit murky.

Yes, the Jets netted two first round picks. But they are projected to pick late in the first round where an impact player the caliber of Adams may not be found.

“The truth of the matter is that we won’t know who won the Jamal Adams trade until five years down the road,” said Rick Serritella, found of the NFL Draft Bible. “If the Jets can hit on both picks, it will be deemed a success but expecting to find the type of blue chip talent such as Adams, who would be a consensus top ten selection in any draft class, will be a difficult task. New general manager Joe Douglas has positioned himself well for the latest ‘rebuilding phase’ this organization has undergone. His draft success will ultimately determine whether or not he can last longer than his predecessors.”

Douglas, to his credit, was hailed for his draft with the Jets this past April. He secured a franchise left tackle in Mekhi Becton. He also was able to trade back in the second round and still select a highly-rated wide receiver in Denzel Mims. Throughout the remaining four rounds of the draft (the Jets didn’t pick in the seventh round), Douglas found solid selections that had good production in college but off tumbled down a round or two due to an injury in 2019 (see Hall, Bryce).

With the Seahawks pick, which is likely going to come in the last handful of selections in the first round, Douglas has a bargaining chip with which to move up in the draft or potentially trade back or trade out, as he did three times this past April.

How he fills those two first round picks acquired from Seattle will likely determine the viability of his tenure as general manager.

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BigGaryD
BigGaryD

We had the best safety in football and we still stunk out the joint. We can do that without him just as easily. They got all they could for hm. Jets will never win under the Johnson regime. Team needs new owner. Tear it down, hire good football personnel and get out of the way. Douglas may be a keeper. Gase is a joke.

boomer123
boomer123

The 2 first round picks the Seahawks trade aren't going to be good remember there's probably late round picks and the collage players might not be good because of this covid-19 thing. Also covid-19 might last next year so I say Seahawks won the trade.

kyzanski
kyzanski

I can't wait to see how Maye's numbers in NY compare to Adam's numbers in SEA. No doubt Jamal is a great player. But I believe his reputation was padded by having a brilliant defensive coach funnel counting stats (like sacks) to him.

The safety position took a step backwards, but the team took a huge step forwards by not committing ridiculous money to the safety position.

sinkthefish
sinkthefish

The Jets did not get 2 first round picks for Adams. They got one, considering that Adams is only 24 and is still the equivalent of a first-rounder, and not just any first rounder, but one who became a star, something that rarely comes to pass. So, the Jets gave up a star first-rounder to get back two unknowns, which means they got back ONE, and an unknown one at that. Nobody wants the Jets to succeed more than I do, but let's please not kid ourselves.

Babybull22
Babybull22

Adam was going to be a problem that the Jets didn't need. We got what we got for him let's see how it pans out after the smoke clears. Adam's may not be used in Seattle like the Jets used him so he may not be as productive. Only time will tell!

Rockman1
Rockman1

Dumb article, he didn’t want to to be a Jet, we got what we could, and it was more then he was worth, good deal!

loul13
loul13

A safety no matter how good is not an impact player like a QB, Pass Rusher, or wide receiver. Great trade to get 2 fist round picks plus a 3rd round for a big mouth malcontent.
Lets see how far Sea Hawks go in the next 3-4 years with Adams as one of their "stars"

Gsco99
Gsco99

Adams has been a great player, but you can’t ignore the fact that he had become a cancer, at least with the Jets. Maybe he behaves the rest of his football life, maybe he bitches his way out of a few more towns...

Jets1116
Jets1116

Us Jets fans moved on, stop putting dumb articles out here. If you want to grade it, do it after the season when the draft position is final, or if Jamal gets injured, or after we pick the draft picks we received, or 10 years later. 1 month, really? Slow news day apparently...

Jetfighter
Jetfighter

It's not exactly about finding equal value to Jamal Adams in one player, but in improving the team overall with several players who together make it better than it would have been if they just kept Adams.


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