According to Vacchiano, the Jets expect Adams will eventually sign a lucrative contract that will make him a “Jet for life.”
Adams’ camp has reportedly grown frustrated with the pace of contract talks. Vacchiano says Jets GM Joe Douglas reached out to Adams’ agents following this year’s draft to discuss a potential deal, but New York wants to wait before signing him to a long-term extension.
Adams, of course, wants to be paid now, which is why this has become an issue.
Regarding the talk of a potential trade, a source tells Vacchiano that even if it were discussed, it wasn’t serious and the Jets have no plans to trade him. Vacchiano adds that the Jets haven’t had any trade talks involving Adams since the trading deadline last October.
The Jets have Adams under contract through the 2021 season and can use the franchise tag on him in 2022 if need be. Although, Vacchiano writes that the situation isn’t expected to get that point.
Adams is reportedly looking to become the highest-paid safety in the NFL at more than the $14.6 million per year the Chicago Bears are paying Eddie Jackson and Vacchiano expects the Jets to eventually pay him.
As of now, the Jets and Adams’ reps haven’t discussed financial parameters of a deal, according to Vacchiano.
One other issue is the possibility of the salary cap being impacted by the ongoing pandemic.
Sources told Myers that a trade involving Adams is “very possible” and half of the teams in the NFL are expected to call the Jets.
Adams, 24, is a former first-round pick of the Jets back in 2017. He just finished the third year of his four-year contract worth $22,256,084, which includes a signing bonus of $14,326,244.
The Jets exercised Adams’ fifth-year option before the draft, which will cost them $9.86 million for the 2021 season. This figure is guaranteed for injury only and won’t prevent them from working on a long-term extension in the next year or so.
In 2019, Adams appeared in 14 games for the Jets and recorded 75 tackles, 6.5 sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles, one recovery, two defensive touchdowns and seven pass defenses.
We’ll have more regarding the Jets and Adams as the news is available.