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."
Just to clear this up... we've had small discussions thus far, not in detailed talks yet, just talked about it. With that being said, I fully expect to be extended this offseason. I want to be in New York! https://t.co/ecJGxIiofG- Jamal Adams (@Prez) January 29, 2020
Adams will be entering the fourth year of his rookie contract in 2020, and being the No. 6 overall draft pick in 2017, the Jets do have the option to pick up his fifth-year option for 2021. But this is a player that has quickly become one of the best defensive players in the NFL, let alone a good safety.
For players like that, extending them instead of picking up that option shows how much the organization cares about keeping them on board.
This past season, rumors flew around that the Jets were shopping Adams, with the Cowboys getting reportedly close. However, GM Joe Douglas refuted that the team was close, but the fact that he was listening to calls in the first place irked Adams to the point where he didn't want to speak with him after the NFL trade deadline had passed.
CEO Christopher Johnson reassured Adams that the organization loves him, saying "I would love to have Jamal on this team forever."
"S--t, I want to be a Jet for life, too," Adams responded to Johnson's comment.
What that new contract would look like is the big question now. Adams compared himself to Aaron Donald and Tom Brady, which means he considers himself the best player on his team and would likely want to be paid that way.
Would the Jets do that for a safety? Adams is definitely more than just that designation, and it showed last season with 6.5 sacks, 75 combined tackles, two forced fumbles, and one interception that was taken to the house in 14 games.
Still, Douglas and the rest of the Jets' front office will have to see if their views on Adams' worth lines up with the two-time Pro Bowler.