Adams and the Jets are at a contract standstill

Published: 1:25pm, May 22, 2020 EDT | Updated: 1:27pm, May 22, 2020 EDT

Written by Ben the Pen

The New York Jets had one of the best defenses in football last year. They wouldn't have earned a 7-9 record without a strong defense that ranked in the top 10 in overall yards per game allowed (323.1ypg), because the offense ranked dead last in yards per game (273ypg) and 31st in points per game (16.6ppg).

A bit part of that defense was All-Pro safety Jamal Adams, who had 6.5 sacks and 75 tackles in 2019. Adams and the Jets have talked about a new contract, but they have reached an impasse according to ESPN.

The Jets want to keep Adams long terms, but they are in no rush to get the deal done. The Adams' camp feels the opposite according to the New York Post and would like a new deal now. Adams is under contract for two more years and there is uncertainty about the future salary cap due to COVID-19 having an impact on the 2020 season and league revenue.

Adams is obviously incredibly underpaid, as he's due to make just $3.5 million in 2020. He said in January that he wants a new deal and is eligible for one under the CBA after completing his third season. The Jets picked up his fifth-year option for 2021, when he would make $9.9 million.

The Jets could also deal Adams, though it appears unlikely.

The safety position is not like the quarterback position, so Adams is not going to get $35 million a year. But he might want something similar or more than Eddie Jackson, the Bears star safety who signed an extension after last season that pays an average of $14.6 million per season. The highest-paid player on the Jets is C.J. Mosley, who is making $17 million per season and speculation is that Adams wants more.

Adams is just 24 and was the sixth overall player picked in the 2017 draft. He made the Pro Bowl the past two seasons and was named an Al-Pro last year.