Jamal Adams on Jets contract talks: ‘Maybe it’s time to move on!’

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The Jets and superstar safety Jamal Adams have yet to come to terms on a long-term deal and Adams isn’t too happy about the lack of progress.

In response to a comment on his Instagram account, Adams said, “Maybe it’s time to move on!” when discussing his contract situation. It appeared that he was replying to a fan who questioned Adams’ demands.

“I deserve to be paid but when I ask to be (taken) care of I’m ‘BEING THAT GUY’ huh?” Adams wrote.

“Don’t use the pandemic excuse.” Adams continued later in his post. “(Christian McCaffrey) got paid not too long ago. Well deserved. Great friend of mine.”

Adams has two years left on his rookie deal because the Jets picked up his fifth year option that is available for all first round picks. He’s coming off his best season yet, accumulating 61 solo tackles, 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. He is easily the Jets’ most talented player and has firmly cemented his status as one of the best safeties in the league.

After being the sixth overall pick in the 2017 draft out of LSU, Adams has earned back-to-back Pro Bowl berths and was a first-team All-Pro last season.

Adams’ eventual deal is undoubtedly going to make him the highest paid safety in the league — and one of the highest paid defensive players period. Four safeties are set to make around $14 million this season; Adams’ salary is $3.5 million, jumping to $9 million next year.

The Jets already have one massive contract on their defense with linebacker C.J. Mosley averaging $17 million per season on his deal.

Assigning gigantic chunks of cap space to a non-pass rushing linebacker and safety may be a questionable allocation of resources, but Adams is the Jets’ only blue-chip player. Adams has long stated that he wants to stay with Gang Green, but his patience may be running out.


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