League sources familiar with the Cowboys, Adams and his team, the New York Jets, framed the contract gridlock surrounding the star safety on Friday, painting the picture of a frustrating stalemate that could ultimately be resolved through a hefty trade offer.
Adams will make $3.58 million next season. It's unclear whether Adams will stage a training camp holdout, but even if he does, he will have to report eventually if he wants to get paid, and even if he formally requests a trade, it's unlikely the Jets will grant that request. Dallas has yet to call on Adams after discussing him at last year's trade deadline. Jets' General Manager Joe Douglas has been clear that he intends to make Jamal Adams a long term New York Jet, it appears the team isn't interested in putting pen to paper on a long term extension right now.
The Jets and Adams have been having a number of talks, but the team has informed Adams that they would prefer to wait on a long-term contract extension, while Adams prefers that a deal be completed prior to the 2020 season. As the friction builds up, a trade is still possible, per Myers, but NY doesn't seem inclined to move the needle one way or another. The All-Pro safety's trade preference is the Dallas Cowboys, but that's not the only team he'd play for. As it stands, only Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey has signed a contract extension from the first round of the 2017 National Football League draft class. As NFL Network's Michael Irvin reported, the price tag for Adams is indeed a first- and a third-round draft pick.
Adams poses at this year's Pro Bowl his second successive appearance
The Ravens went a league-best 14-2 in the regular season past year led by MVP Lamar Jackson and a stingy defense. He recorded 75 tackles, 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception in 14 games.
Jamal Adams #33 of the New York Jets reacts against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium on November 25, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.