The New York Jets and Jamal Adams have reached a stalemate in contract negotiations, sources confirmed to ESPN on Thursday, raising tensions between the team and its stellar safety.
The two sides have had numerous talks since the NFL draft, but the Jets have told him they prefer to wait for a long-term extension and Adams wants a deal before the season, sources said.
Adams’ camp is upset, claiming the Jets are dragging their feet, sources said.
On Wednesday, the possibility of trade emerged in a conversation between the two countries, sources said, but there are conflicting accounts of how serious those talks were.
The Jets remain intent on signing Adams at the age of 24 for an extension and are reluctant to trade him, a source said. Adams is said to be open to trade if his contract demands are not met. More than half of the teams in the league have reached out to the Jets to express interest, according to a source.
It is clear that there is a fundamental difference in the time of potential extension. According to sources, they have not yet discussed money.
Adams, eligible for a new contract now that he has finished his third season, said in January that he wanted an extension until the start of the 2020 season. He should make $ 3.5 million in 2020. His salary jumps to $ 9.9 million. dollars in 2021, the amount of his option for the fifth year.
Conversely, the Jets do not feel there is a sense of urgency, as Adams has been under the control of the team for at least two years; they also have the franchise marker option in 2022. Another component is the uncertainty created by the coronavirus pandemic, which could have a huge impact on NFL revenue.
As of 2011, only 16 of the 223 first-round nominees received a new contract after their third season. Most recently, it was Carolina Panthers, who brought back Christian McCaffrey, who was drawn in eighth place in 2017 – two spots behind Adams.
Adams believes he deserves to be an exception after being named All-Pro and making two Pro Bowls in his first three seasons. He has not publicly announced his price, but is believed to want to become the NFL’s highest paid security. Eddie Jackson of the Chicago Bears has the highest annual average of $ 14.6 million.
The Jets entertained commercial offers for Adam last fall during the trading term, with the Dalw Cowboys showing interest. Adams was furious when he heard his name appear in commercial discussions.
General Manager Joe Douglas said in February that his goal was to make Adams “alive for life,” and he did not deviate publicly from that position. At the end of the project, he said his plan was to contact Adams’ agent to begin contract negotiations. He did, but these conversations were not fruitful.
Meanwhile, Adams skips the voluntary virtual out of season.
Longtime NFL reporter Gary Myers first reported the stalemate via Twitter.