ESPN insider gives potential reason Jamal Adams is asking Jets to trade him
By now, you probably have heard that former LSU star S Jamal Adams is unhappy with the New York Jets and wants to be traded.
He’s only entering Year 4 in the league, so he’s still on a team-friendly rookie contract, but he clearly thinks he deserves to be paid more as he’s become one of the top safeties in the league.
On SportsCenter on Saturday morning, ESPN insider Jeff Darlington shared some further insight about why Adams might want a new deal, and it involves the way his father’s career ended (via 247Sports):
“His father, George Adams, who he is very close to was drafted by the New York Giants in 1985 as a first-round pick,” Darlington said. “The next year in training camp, after having a pretty solid rookie season, he suffered a severe hip injury that ultimately ended his career. George Adams has since had two hip replacement surgeries. He never got paid, essentially, the big dollars for his NFL career. Jamal Adams looks at that situation and says ‘I need to get paid as soon as I can because you never know when this game is taken away from you.’
“Maybe a little explanation into why he’s so upset with the Jets, who he believes told him in January that they were going to extend him long term and never did. The Jets side of it, Jamal Adams does have two years remaining on his contract. It does feel early to pay a guy who is on a team-friendly deal at this point. You could see both sides. But certainly, when you add that personal side of the story with Jamal Adams, you start to understand why he’s so passionate and motivated to get that money.”
There’s still time before the 2020 season starts. Will Adams get traded or receive a new contract? We’ll find out over the next few weeks, potentially.