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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

General manager Joe Douglas has said time and time again that he wants to make safety Jamal Adams a "Jet for life," but the latest news regarding a possible contract extension doesn't sound very promising. 

According to ESPN's Rich Cimini, Adams' representation and the Jets have had multiple conversations since the NFL Draft, but the talks have "reached an impasse," as the Jets want to wait on a new deal for the star safety, while Adams' camp believes the Jets are "dragging their feet."

Per ESPN, the possibility of a trade has come up in recent talks, but the Jets have no desire to trade their young Pro Bowler, while Adams is believed to be open to being traded if things can't get worked out.

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Nov 24, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore (20) against the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Nov 24, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore (20) against the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

It has been speculation for a couple of years now, but Frank Gore doesn't listen to those who believes he is going to call it quits. He's had a great career -- Hall of Fame worthy -- but he's just not done yet. 

That's why Gore signed a one-year deal with the Jets this year, setting him up to play his 16th year in the NFL. It wasn't that hard of a decision to make, as he told media on Thursday during a Zoom conference call that he knew from his play last season he still had something left in the tank. 

His son, Frank Gore Jr., thought so as well. 

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Oct 20, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans tight end MyCole Pruitt (85) greets teammate Tennessee Titans cornerback Logan Ryan (26) during the player introductions prior to the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 20, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans tight end MyCole Pruitt (85) greets teammate Tennessee Titans cornerback Logan Ryan (26) during the player introductions prior to the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Brown)

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Some more questions, and some more answers, in the latest edition of my SNY Jets mailbag:


If the reports are true that Logan Ryan is signing with the Jets, do you think their secondary can be a top 5 unit this season? - @SpriggsyFresh

First, let me tell you about what I've reported and what I know about Ryan and the Jets: They have had some interest in him for a while, but they needed his asking price to go way down. I assume by now it has. I know the Jets have spoken to his agent. But they haven't made a formal offer and as far as I can tell, nothing is imminent.

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CJ Mosley/Jamal Adams
CJ Mosley/Jamal Adams

C.J. Mosley doesn't want to hear anything about Jamal Adams being on the trade block. 

The Pro Bowl linebacker spoke to ESPN about the current speculation surrounding Adams, the trade rumors that have come up recently and his contract situation. If Adams were to leave the Jets, Mosley would think it preposterous. 

"To me, I wasn't too worried about that," he told ESPN. "That would be a crazy move."

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Joe Douglas' first full offseason with the Jets has been an eventful one.

After vowing to prioritize building around quarterback Sam Darnold, Douglas has delivered, though perhaps more so on the line than in terms of playmakers. Still, the Jets have seemingly addressed some previous weaknesses and have also added depth throughout the roster.

Unquestionably, there is still work to be done, but the Jets' 90-man roster certainly seems to be improved from the group that disappointed in 2019 with a 7-9 record, good for third in the AFC East.

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) jogs on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) jogs on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

The amount of young talent that is flourishing in the NFL at the moment is extremely fun to watch. Take Patrick Mahomes winning his first Super Bowl last season and taking home the MVP award the season prior, or Lamar Jackson securing an MVP himself in just his second year in the league. 

Also among them is Jamal Adams, the Jets safety who is arguably the best at his position in the game. 

But where does No. 33 rank among the young superstars in the league? 

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Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Terry McLaurin (17) makes a catch over New York Jets free safety Marcus Maye (20) during the second half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Terry McLaurin (17) makes a catch over New York Jets free safety Marcus Maye (20) during the second half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Are the Jets really having trade discussions centered around safety Marcus Maye?

It was reported Monday by the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta that the Jets have been involved in trade discussions for Maye.

However, Mike Florio of NBC Sports is reporting the opposite.

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Jamal Adams
Jamal Adams

Now that the 2020 NFL Draft has come and gone, the Jets still have one big question lingering over their heads: What to do about the Jamal Adams situation?

Undoubtedly, Adams is one of the top young players in the NFL and the most talented player on the Jets. But the star safety has repeatedly gone public with his desire for a new contract, despite the fact that the Jets still have plenty of time to get something figured out. 

So should the Jets re-sign Adams to a long-term deal, or has he become too much of a distraction -- to the point where they should move on? 

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Jets GM Joe Douglas
Jets GM Joe Douglas

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At the end of his first draft as Jets general manager, Joe Douglas walked away with nine new additions to the roster, not including any undrafted free agent signings which will no doubt be finalized in the coming days.

Douglas will obviously be hoping that first round choice Mekhi Becton will be able to step in and contribute right off the bat, presumably as the starting left tackle. However, what about the other eight players they selected? What expectations should Jets fans have for each player's role in 2020?

Wide receiver Denzel Mims seems likely to have a role, especially with the Jets' lack of proven depth at the position. However, it might take him a while to get used to a pro-style system and become adept at running the full route tree because he played in a spread offense at Baylor. He therefore may not start, although he could have a specific role -- one that will perhaps involve him being a red zone threat.

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Jan 25, 2020; Kissimmee, Florida, USA; New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) during AFC Practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 25, 2020; Kissimmee, Florida, USA; New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) during AFC Practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

In an expected move, the Jets will pick up Jamal Adams' fifth-year option for the 2021 season, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed Monday.

The option is expected to be worth $9.86 million.

Jets GM Joe Douglas, speaking on the Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio later Monday, said the team was "excited" to pick up the option. 

Adams, 24, is entering the fourth year of his rookie contract, with a cap hit of $7.17 million in 2020.

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It was reported earlier this month that the Jets had not "expressed any official interest" in extending Jamal Adams this offseason, and that Adams was expected to skip the voluntary virtual offseason program.

Over the weekend, as he fielded questions about his picks in the NFL Draft, Jets GM Joe Douglas said his plan was to speak with Adams and his representatives.

"I'm not going to get into any discussions that we had. My stance on Jamal hasn't changed," Douglas said, alluding to his comments earlier this offseason about wanting Adams to be a Jet for life. "At some point, we're going to get with him and his representatives. I think right now, the very next thing is wrapping up this undrafted free agent process."

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Everyone has seen the YouTube video of Jets fans expressing their anger and experiencing various degrees of pain through the NFL Drafts over the years. It's a classic, and it always resurfaces like an old football injury at this time of the year.

But times, they are a-changing - or at least that's the way it seemed during the first draft with new general manager Joe Douglas in charge. He made what appeared to be great value picks. He made outstanding trades that immediately worked out in his favor.

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Jets GM Joe Douglas wrapped up his first draft with the team a bit earlier than most other NFL teams.

Without a seventh-round pick, Douglas spoke to reporters via a conference call following the Jets' trading a sixth-round pick for Colts CB Quincy Wilson, the final move of their draft. And while most of the questions were about the draft picks, Douglas was also asked about whether or not he fielded trade calls centering on safety Jamal Adams

While Douglas said he wouldn't go into details about whether or not teams called about the 24-year-old star safety, he did say that nothing has changed in the way he feels about Adams.

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The Jets took Cal S Ashtyn Davis with their first pick in the third round of the NFL Draft. 

Davis' story is an interesting one, as the track star walked on to the football team and worked his way up into a high-impact player that got scouts intrigued. He clearly caught the eye of GM Joe Douglas

So here's Davis' grade...

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After addressing the offensive side of the ball in the first two rounds with tackle Mekhi Becton and wide receiver Denzel Mims, the Jets went defense in the third round, selecting Cal safety Ashtyn Davis.

Davis, listed at 6-foot-1, 202 pounds, is also a track star who walked on to the Cal football team. Davis also has played some corner in his career, making him a versatile piece for Gregg Williams' defense. 

Of course, Jamal Adams' contract situation has been a hot topic of late, and perhaps picking a safety in the third round will only fan those flames, but the Jets clearly didn't want to pass up on Davis' athleticism.

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

Though the NFL Draft is two days away, Jets GM Joe Douglas continues to be peppered with Jamal Adams questions leading up to it. And that continued with Bart Scott and Alan Hahn on ESPN 98.7 Tuesday. 

On Monday, Douglas addressed Adams and his reported desire to not want to participate in the team's voluntary offseason program with the Jets due to extension talks not going on at the moment. But his answers to Scott and Hahn's question on Tuesday showed even more praise from the new GM. 

"He was a big reason I was excited about coming here," Douglas said, per Rich Cimini. "I feel this guy is a core player. ...The main goal that I'm trying to do right now is to surround him with like-minded players, because we know Jamal is a dog. We have to surround him with guys that play as hard as he does, that love football as much as he does and can match his intensity."

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On Football Night in New York: Living Room Edition, the crew covers the latest news on Jamal Adams and Justin Herbert, and they hear great NFL Draft stories from Jets legend Nick Mangold.

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On the heels of last week's report that the Jets had not "expressed any official interest" in extending Jamal Adams this offseason (with Adams expected to skip the voluntary virtual offseason program), GM Joe Douglas was asked Monday in an exclusive interview with SNY's Jeane Coakley about the status of the team's relationship with its star safety.

Douglas explained that his thoughts about wanting Adams to be a "Jet for life" haven't wavered at all.

"Nothing's changed on my thoughts with Jamal," Douglas said. "This virtual offseason, it's a voluntary thing and again, I'll stress the word voluntary. Nothing's changed in my thoughts."

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On Football Night in New York: Living Room Edition, the crew covers all the NFL Draft options for the Jets and Giants, including linemen, QBs, and what the Jets might do with Jamal Adams.

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This has been a strange year for NFL Draft leaks, gossip and information, and there's a feeling around the NFL that much of what is out there is very, very wrong. Everyone lies this time of year anyway, of course. But many believe people - yes, including the media - are buying the lies more than ever before.

Why? In part, because the NFL's coronavirus quarantine has put a virtual stop on the usual gossip train. Scouts, GMs and other evaluators aren't gathering in person at Pro Days, where much of the gossip takes place. They don't get to watch other scouts and executives to see what they do, who they talk to, or how they react to someone's 40 time. And they don't get to look friends in the eyes to decide for themselves if they're lying.

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Jamal Adams was furious back in October when his name surfaced in trade talks, and livid at the Jets for even listening to offers. A peace was brokered after CEO Christopher Johnson made it clear he wanted Adams to be a "Jet for Life."

But it's clear now that the peace won't last.

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Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) looks on prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) looks on prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Jets star safety Jamal Adams is not expected to participate in the team's voluntary virtual offseason program later this month, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN, who adds that the Jets have not "expressed any official interest" in signing Adams to a contract extension so far this offseason.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported earlier this month that the most likely scenario was that the Jets wouldn't extend Adams this offseason, noting that the team had control over him through the 2023 season.

On April 2, Mike Fisher 105.3 FM in Dallas reported that if the Dallas Cowboys "sense" that the Jets and Adams are having trouble coming to terms on a long-term extension, they will "circle back with a high pick offer."

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Jamal Adams has quickly become a fan favorite in New York. Already one of the best young safeties in the NFL, Adams is the leader of Gang Green's defense. Meanwhile, Sam Darnold has shown flashes of greatness and looks to be the Jets' starting quarterback for years to come.

On the latest edition of Loud Mouths: The Great Debate, SNY's Chris Williamson and Eamon McAnaney debate which of the two players is the current face of the Jets franchise ...

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About a week to go until the 2020 NFL Draft, and there are still plenty of questions about what the Jets are doing. Here are a few you submitted to SNY:


What is Jamal Adams' actual value to the Jets, making big bucks at a non-premium position? If you can get a 1st, plus for him isn't that the prudent move? Isn't getting one of the top 4 OLs AND (one of the) Top 3 WRs AND another Day 2 pick worth more than paying Adams $17M (per year)? -- @NeilMSBGC (via Twitter)

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Trevon Diggs (DALE ZANINE)

With less than two weeks until the 2020 NFL Draft, Jets GM Joe Douglas will be putting the finishing touches on his draft plan -- his first ever in his current position. The first-round pick -- many experts are saying it's between a wide receiver or offensive tackle at No. 11 -- will be the major concern for everyone. 

But there are other needs out there for Douglas to fill with the eight picks he owns for this year's draft. 

One of them is at the cornerback position, and that's a given when you break down this Jets defense from 2019. It was an area of concern all year, as injuries and poor play plagued the unit. Still, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams managed to make something out of nothing with his secondary. 

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Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates during the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates during the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

If the Dallas Cowboys "sense" that the Jets and Jamal Adams are having trouble coming to terms on a long-term extension, they will "circle back with a high pick offer," reports Mike Fisher 105.3 FM in Dallas.

Adams' future with the Jets first came into question just before last season's trade deadline, when reports surfaced that the Jets and Cowboys had engaged in trade conversations -- with Adams saying at the time that he would welcome a trade to his hometown team.

According to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, the Jets took calls from several teams on Adams in advance of the deadline and appeared to come "fairly close" to trading him to the Cowboys.

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Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Jets head coach Joe Douglas speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Jets head coach Joe Douglas speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

Now that the first major wave of NFL free agency has come and gone, Jets general manager Joe Douglas took some time on Wednesday to update where the team stands at this point of the offseason.

While Douglas touched on major topics such as the team's level of interest in free-agent pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney and where things stand with building around quarterback Sam Darnold, he also spoke on a number of other items, including the team's recent additions on both sides of the ball, preparing for the 2020 NFL Draft from home, and where things stand with a possible Jamal Adams extension.

Here are six key takeaways from Douglas' call:

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Aug 24, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams safety Marqui Christian (26) stands on the field during the first half against the Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)
Aug 24, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams safety Marqui Christian (26) stands on the field during the first half against the Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)

The Jets and defensive back Marqui Christian reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year deal last Saturday, but it now seems like the deal will not be finalized.

Per Brian Costello of the New York Post, the Jets and Christian could not agree to final contract terms, and the team is now moving on.

Christian, originally a fifth-round pick of Arizona in 2016, had reportedly agreed to a one-year, $1.25 million deal with Gang Green shortly after the team officially parted ways with Darryl Roberts.

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The recent offensive line additions made by the Jets have earned the most attention, and with good reason. Four of the six new additions so far are offensive linemen, as were the recipients of all four of the multi-year deals given out to new or re-signed players.

However, the Jets also brought in two defensive backs on one-year deals. Former Rams safety Marqui Christian and former Colts cornerback Pierre Desir should bring an injection of talent into the secondary. Let's consider how these two players could fit into Gregg Williams' defense.

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Jets GM Joe Douglas
Jets GM Joe Douglas

Through the first wave of free agency, Joe Douglas and the Jets have taken time to improve the team's offensive line -- their No. 1 offseason priority -- while also bringing back a number of their own players who had hit the open market.

With moving pieces now falling into place, here's a look at how the Jets' depth chart may be looking right now (or at least our best guess), though there's still work to be done ...


QUARTERBACK: Sam Darnold, Mike White

This offseason, much has been made about the Giants' backup quarterback situation, but the Jets could also use a veteran signal-caller behind Darnold. Trevor Siemian and David Fales, both of whom saw playing time with Darnold dealing with mono last season, are both free agents, and the Jets must add to the QB depth chart.

White is a former fifth-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys, but he doesn't have the experience many teams look for at the backup spot.

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Nov 10, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive back Marqui Christian (26) defends against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 17-12. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Nov 10, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive back Marqui Christian (26) defends against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 17-12. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Jets shuffled up their secondary a bit on Saturday afternoon. 

The team announced that defensive back Darryl Roberts had been released, and almost immediately after, the Jets signed fellow defensive back Marqui Christian

Per SNY's Ralph Vacciano, Christian's deal is a one-year contract worth $1.25 million.

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Oct 27, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots offensive lineman Joe Thuney (62) during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports (Stew Milne)
Oct 27, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots offensive lineman Joe Thuney (62) during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports (Stew Milne)

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It has been nine months since the Jets hired Joe Douglas as their general manager, but he's yet to have a chance to really leave his mark on the team.

On Monday, that will finally begin to change.

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Dec 3, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Dec 3, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

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While we've looked in detail at potential free agent targets for the Jets, they may also be looking at opportunities within the trade market. 

Let's take the Jets at their word and assume that trading Le'Veon Bell or Jamal Adams away isn't in their plans despite earlier rumors. We can also safely rule out them trading up in the draft. However, let's consider some more realistic potential trade targets they could consider making a move for:

OT Trent Williams

It's not every day that a seven-time Pro Bowler hits the market, so it must be tempting for the Jets to look into making a move for Williams. Acquiring the 31-year old would address arguably their biggest need by giving them elite protection for Sam Darnold. Williams has given up just one sack since 2016.

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Aug 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) reacts during warm ups before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) reacts during warm ups before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jamal Adams has made himself clear about how he wants to spend the rest of his NFL career with the Jets, and general manager Joe Douglas expressed mutual feelings between the team and the two-time Pro Bowl safety Tuesday at the 2020 NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.

In light of Douglas' claim that Adams as "a Jet for life" is New York's plan, the 2017 draft's No. 6 overall pick was asked about how he felt about his general manager's comments Sunday.

While appearing on the combine's NFL Network broadcast for the defensive backs workout as a guest field reporter with former cornerback and current analyst Deion Sanders, Adams expressed optimism.

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Jan 25, 2020; Kissimmee, Florida, USA; New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) during AFC Practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 25, 2020; Kissimmee, Florida, USA; New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) during AFC Practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Jamal Adams understands that the Jets' potential moves in free agency are well above his paygrade, but the two-time Pro Bowl safety knows whom to pursue if he were general manager Joe Douglas.

As a field reporter Sunday during the 2020 NFL scouting combine's defensive backs workout at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Adams was candid when asked by NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah about the looming free agents he would want on his team.

Adams had three immediate preferences in mind, and the trio shared the common trait of pass-rushing -- Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jadevon Clowney, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue and Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker Dante Fowler.

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Joe Douglas said the magic words on Tuesday, that he wants Jamal Adams to be "a Jet for life." It's exactly what the 24-year-old Adams wanted to hear, especially if that means a lucrative, mega-contract is in the works.

And it probably is -- eventually. Douglas, the Jets GM, conceded he's had "some preliminary talks" with Adams' agent. And Adams has previously said he expects to sign a contract extension with the Jets this offseason.

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Despite being at the NFL Combine and getting to look at a bunch of young talent, Jets GM Joe Douglas still feels the biggest needs for the team will come in free agency.

"Obviously, 21 UFAs, three RFAs, we have quite a few," Douglas said to SNY's Jeane Coakley on Tuesday in Indianapolis. "So this is an important week for us to get with not only those 21 guys and three RFAs and their representatives, but also others and just see what it's going to look like, so we have a lot of holes to fill moving forward."

Douglas said during his press conference at the combine that he wanted to make All-Pro safety Jamal Adams a "Jets for life," and he reiterated that sentiment later in the day with Coakley.

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Jets GM Joe Douglas spoke Tuesday about the futures of Jamal Adams and Le'Veon Bell, being hopeful for Quincy Enunwa, pending free agent Robby Anderson and more at the NFL Combine.

Here are the takeaways...

Douglas wants Adams to be 'a Jet for life'

"We're excited about Jamal. The plan is for Jamal to be a Jet for life. We've had some preliminary talks with his agent -- not gonna get into the specifics of that. But again, the plan is for Jamal to be here a long time."

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Nov 25, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Ottawa RedBlacks defensive back Anthony Cioffi (24) tries to catch Calgary Stampeders wide receiver Chris Matthews (81) during the 106th Grey Cup game at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Nov 25, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Ottawa RedBlacks defensive back Anthony Cioffi (24) tries to catch Calgary Stampeders wide receiver Chris Matthews (81) during the 106th Grey Cup game at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

The Jets have added some secondary help, signing a former local product in safety Anthony Cioffi, the team announced on Thursday. 

The Springfield, NJ native was a four-year standout at Rutgers where he totaled 169 tackles, eight interceptions and 13 passes defended over 41 games. 

After graduating in 2016, Cioffi spent time in training camp with the Raiders in 2017. However, he would move on to the CFL, where he has been since 2018. He had a breakout year with the Ottawa Redblacks, tallying 61 defensive tackles, two interceptions, two sacks and one forced fumble over 18 games. 

The Jets don't need safety help with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye manning those positions. However, with the injuries the secondary as a whole endured last season, depth from a versatile player like Cioffi who can roam around is valuable. 

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) jogs on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) jogs on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

Pro Football Focus named New York Jets safety Jamal Adams to their list of the top-101 players from the 2019 season recently. 

Between both New York football teams, the Jets and Giants, only Adams was selected for the list produced by the football analytics outlet. 

Adams slotted in at the No. 32 overall spot. 

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Before they entered the league as top-10 picks in the 2017 NFL draft at sixth and 10th, respectively, Jets safety Jamal Adams and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes first crossed paths while playing Texas high school football.

So when Kansas City won 31-20 over the San Francisco 49ers for Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, Adams took to Twitter and congratulated Mahomes with an angle on the past.

Separated by an approximate two-hour car drive roughly 130 miles or so apart with Adams at Carrollton (Texas) Hebron and Mahomes in Whitehouse High School, Adams and Mahomes came up along similar paths, which gave the Jets safety a glimpse into what the Chiefs quarterback was capable of.

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Three months after the Jets seriously considered trading Jamal Adams and angered him along the way, it looks like the two sides have rebuilt the bridge between them. A new contract could even be coming soon.

The 24-year old Adams said as much on Wednesday when speaking to reporters in Miami, site of Super Bowl LIV. He said his agent and the Jets have had preliminary discussions and added, "I'd be lying if I said I don't expect to be extended." He did say, though, that the talks have included "no numbers yet," though they've surely discussed some parameters.

The numbers, of course, are everything if the Jets and Adams are going to strike a deal.

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While appearing on Radio Row down in Miami for the Super Bowl, Jets S Jamal Adams revealed that contract extension talks have begun with New York. 

"They've talked about it. No numbers yet," Adams said, via Newsday's Al Iannazzone. "I'd be lying if I said I don't expect to be extended. I do. Not for what I've just done on the field but even off the field for what I've done for the organization. I've done everything they've asked me to do. I've done it at a high level each and every year."

Adams clarified on Twitter, saying the talks are preliminary, but "I fully expect to be extended this offseason."

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Jan 25, 2020; Kissimmee, Florida, USA; New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) during AFC Practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 25, 2020; Kissimmee, Florida, USA; New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) during AFC Practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

During Pro Bowl practice on Saturday, some players around the league were asked their thoughts on Jets safety Jamal Adams.

Their answers? All praise for the LSU product.

"If I had the control to pick one player that I could play with again, it would be him," Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White said to Ethan Greenberg. "Just the energy he brings to the field, the way that he plays the game, you have no choice but to respect it. He plays the game the way you it to be played. He plays hard. He's going to give you his best effort each and every snap, each and every practice. He's probably one of my favorite teammates ever. We still talk to this day, often we text back and forth during the season. We got a real brotherhood, he's one of my favorite people."

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Dec 31, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) moves past Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Rasul Douglas (32) during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Dec 31, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) moves past Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Rasul Douglas (32) during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Dez Bryant last played an NFL game in 2017 as a member of the Cowboys, before Dallas cut him prior to the 2018 season. The wide receiver signed with Saints in November of 2018, but tore his Achilles tendon in just his second practice with the team.

But he's still holding out hope that he can latch on to an NFL team in 2020, and he's got at least one big fan in Jets safety Jamal Adams.

Bryant tweeted on Monday that he'd love to return to return to the Cowboys and serve in a role similar to the one Jason Witten did with Dallas this season.

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks on prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks on prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

The Jets appear to have an opening on their coaching staff, where they see a defensive position coach depart for a job elsewhere in the league.

Assistant defensive backs coach Steve Jackson is leaving New York to become the Cincinnati Bengals' cornerbacks coach, according to a Sunday evening report from Brian Costello of the New York Post.

The 50-year-old Jackson spent the past two years with the Jets, coming over to New York after serving as the Tennessee Titans' safeties coach from 2016-17.

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Jets general manager Joe Douglas previously said he wouldn't hang up if and when trade calls come in on either running back Le'Veon Bell or safety Jamal Adams.

Speculation has surrounded both players since early in the 2019 season. 

Listening to trade calls still be true, but the GM changed his tune a bit on Monday. Douglas praised both Adams and Bell instead of discussing those potential calls. 

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

Jets safety Jamal Adams has been named an AP first-team All-Pro, it was announced Friday.

Adams, who was named a second-team All-Pro last season, was named to his second straight pro bowl earlier this season.

The star out of LSU has been the anchor of the Jets' defense over the last few seasons and was at the top of nearly every key defensive statistic for Gang Green this year.

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With safety Jamal Adams eligible to renegotiate his rookie contract, the Jets and general manager Joe Douglas have a decision on their hands.

Upon the completion of Year 3 in the NFL, Adams enters 2020 with one year left on the four-year, $22 million deal he signed as the 2017 draft's sixth overall pick.

Speaking at Tuesday's end-of-year press conference as the offseason begins, Douglas acknowledged that the Jets will go over Adams' situation later in the week.

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Jets safety Jamal Adams was in the giving mood this holiday season. 

While it was a sober Monday mood on locker cleanout day, Jets players had at least one reason to smile.

Adams, the Jets' star defensive standout, gifted some Jordan shoes to each and every one of his teammates. 

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