Jamal Adams has made it no secret that he wishes to become the top-paid safety in the NFL, but now he's made his gripe even more public. Adams recently commented on an Instagram post about the Browns and Myles Garrett discussing a "megadeal," congratulating Garrett and saying of his own contract negotiations that he hasn't received the proposal he was promised in January and that he was called "selfish." General Manager Joe Douglas has praised Adams, and as recently as the 2020 Combine has said he hopes Adams will be a Jet for life. Jets reporter Kristian Dyer joins Madelyn Burke to discuss why the two sides haven’t been able to come to an agreement, and potential outcomes.
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Madelyn Burke: Jamal Adams has made it no secret that he wants to be the top paid safety in the NFL, but now he has made that even more public. Adam recently commented on an Instagram post about the Browns and Myles Garrett discussing a megadeal, congratulating Garrett and saying of his own contract negotiations that he hasn't received the proposal he was promised in January and that he was called, quote, selfish. So joining me now is Jets' reporter Kristian Dyer and Jack and Christian. I mean, Joe Douglas has praised Adams and as recently as a combine, said that Adams would be a Jet for life. He's entering the fourth year of his five-year rookie deal. Why haven't the two sides been able to kind of come to an agreement here?
Kristian Dyer: Yeah, you're right. Joe Douglas has been praising Jamal Adams and for good reason. He was the team's only Pro Bowl selection last year. And that says something not only about the talent level that the Jets have, but also what Jamal Adams brings to the table the game's top safety. I think he could probably make an argument that he might be the best defensive player in NFL, if not certainly top two or top three. But at some point, Joe Douglas has been very pragmatic throughout all of free agency in his pursuit of players. Even NFL draft. Is he going to just say, J-E-T-S, just end the saga? I mean, Jamal Adams constantly tweeting about this, wanting a new contract, becoming a bit of a headache and really a distraction for what's been a very solid offseason so far for the Jets. And you have to wonder about his 15 million dollars, which is probably what the Jets are going to pay per year for Adams. Is that worth it for a seat on a team that's seven and nine. Probably three or four pieces away from competing for the playoffs. This isn't a team that's ready to be in the postseason in 2020. Can you save that fifteen million dollars address deficiencies. At pass rush at wide receiver, potentially running back next year and accumulate multiple drafts picks the rumors that are first and the third and actually upgrade your team and not overpay at a position. You have Marcus May who is very solid. And then you also drafted a player on day two, a safety, Ashton Davis out of Cal Berkeley, who could potentially be a starter on the backend. And Jamal Adams days may not be numbered for the Jets, but they certainly have a good amount of clout when it comes to negotiations.
Madelyn Burke: Now, theoretically, the Jets could still franchise tag him after all this as well. But is that realistic?
Kristian Dyer: It's a great question. You obviously have the balance between a potential holdout and disgruntled player in Jamal Adams, your star player and a fan favorite may not necessarily want to come up with a franchise tag. But at the end of the day, Joe Douglas threw his first full off season with the Jets, has shown himself to be very pragmatic and to really value not overpaying certain talent. And again, in safety, even an all proceed. When you have so many holes on the team and you get so much in return of the Jets, just may not even go to franchise and may end up looking to offload and sell high essentially jamal Adams to whoever the highest bidder is. But I think the franchise tag is a very real possibility if adams is demanding too much in guaranteed money. We know where the bar is, 15 million, but, you know, the guaranteed money may end up being the killer on this deal.
Madelyn Burke: Jets reporter, Kristian Dyer. I'm sure you'll be following this closely as the saga evolves. Thanks for the time.
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