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.
"I feel good," Adams said. "It gives me confidence going into next season, but we'll see where everything handles."
Sanders cracked a joke at Adams.
"You know that means they're going to get rid of you, when they say that, right?" Sanders said, before he added with a laugh while putting his arm around Adams, "I'm just joking with you. I'm just joking with you."
Adams played along with the remark.
"Hey, hey, hey," Adams said with a smile. "It's a business. I understand. I understand."
From the Lucas Oil Stadium booth with analyst Daniel Jeremiah, broadcaster Rich Eisen -- a Jets fan -- jumped in while Adams and Sanders were laughing.
"Let me jump in here," Eisen said. "I saw Jamal at the Super Bowl. He knows how I feel. He knows exactly how I feel. Bite your tongue, Deion, OK?"
Through 46 games in his first three seasons from 2017-19, Adams has lived up to the first-round selection, emerging as a do-it-all defender for the Jets.
Despite missing two games due to an ankle injury -- Adams' first time being sidelined in his young NFL career -- he recorded a single-season career-best 10 tackles for loss, 6 1/2 sacks and 13 quarterback hits.
The 6-foot-1, 213-pounder added two defensive touchdowns -- an interception and a strip-sack returned for a score -- that reinforced the same athleticism and versatility he flashed in his own combine performance three years ago.
"Well, honestly, man -- for me, my focus was definitely on all on the 40," said Adams, who notced a 4.56-second 40-yard dash and 31.5-inch vertical jump among the notable physical workouts. "So when I came out, I ran a 4-5. Wasn't excited about that ... because I had high expectations."