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."
Head coach Adam Gase weighed in Monday when asked about the Adams situation.
"With Jamal, this is voluntary," Gase explained about the virtual offseason program. "That's just what it is. It's one of those things where guys have a choice. If they want to be here, they can. If they don't, it's just what it is. That's the CBA rules and there's nothing that we can really do about that."
While Douglas said over the weekend that he planned to sit down with Adams' reps and that his thoughts regarding Adams' future hadn't changed, the GM -- speaking a few days before those comments -- refused to rule out trading his star safety.
"And again, I've also made it known I have to do what's in the best interests of this team," he said. "If other teams call to talk about players, I'll listen."
When it came to whether he thought Adams should be the highest-paid player on the Jets, Douglas did a little dance.
"I'm not going to touch that one," he said. "He's an outstanding player. We would like him to be here a long time."
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."
Adams' future with Gang Green 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 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.
At the time, Douglas admitted he was willing to listen to offers on just about any player, including Adams and running back Le'Veon Bell, but he set the prices exorbitantly high and wasn't willing to budge. A source told SNY that for Adams he wanted a first-round pick and at least one more first-round pick or multiple second-round picks in return.
Adams will not be a free agent until after the 2021 season, but the Jets could potentially keep him beyond then by tagging him if they can't reach an extension (and don't trade him) between now and then.