Jets S Jamal Adams saw his name thrown around in NFL trade deadline rumors, with him reportedly close to being moved to Dallas to play for the Cowboys before that 4 p.m. timestamp. That never came to fruition, but the fact he was out there for the taking in the first place rubbed him the wrong way.
Speaking after practice on Wednedsay, Adams was extensive in his explanations to reporters. He explained how he went to GM Joe Douglas and head coach Adam Gase prior to the Jets' game against the Jaguars to say he wishes to remain a Jet, yet he learned the team was shopping him anyway.
Adams repeatedly said, "I hold myself to a high regard." And that regard is among some of the NFL's elite.
"When my agent called me and told me what was going on, it definitely hurt me. I hold myself at a high level," Adams said. "The Rams don't take calls on Aaron Donald. The Patriots don't take calls on Tom Brady. That's where I hold myself in that regard."
It's no secret Adams touts himself as one of the best safeties in the league, and as he put it, "at the end of the day, I came in this league to be one of the top safeties to ever play this game. I'm gonna keep working at that each and every day."
Adams solidified his first Pro Bowl last season with the Jets after totaling 115 combined tackles (nine for loss), 3.5 sacks, one interception, and 12 passes defended. He may be at the top of the conversation for the league's best safety, but Donald and Brady are certainly in talks for the best players in the league overall.
But the LSU product will continue to work to reach that level, and it will be with the Jets for the rest of the season. He admitted he doesn't know if the Jets want him long term, but Douglas said Tuesday during his presser that he believes Adams is a crucial part of the team's future after saying "he wears the 'C' patch for a reason."
Adams, though, won't let the off-the-field situation now affect his play on the field. He's focused on helping the Jets get a win over the Dolphins on Sunday.
"I'm here right now. I'm focused on the Miami Dolphins and all we can do is keep our head down and grind," he said.