Tuesday afternoon there were trade rumors about Jamal Adams potentially being dealt by the Jets. He took to Twitter to express frustration.
Any reports of me asking to be traded from the New York Jets are completely false.— Jamal Adams (@TheAdamsEra) October 29, 2019
At the end of the week last week, I sat down with the GM and Coach Gase and told them I want to be here in New York. I was told yesterday by my agent that the GM then went behind my back and shopped me around to teams, even after I asked him to keep me here! Crazy business.— Jamal Adams (@TheAdamsEra) October 29, 2019
Based on what we know so far, Adams’ statement might be inaccurate. The reports detailing trade talks have suggested other teams initiated the talks rather than the Jets shopping him. It is impossible to prove one way definitively or the other.
While I understand Jamal’s frustration, no player is untouchable. For every single player there is a price where a trade makes sense. It certainly doesn’t sound like the Jets were in any rush to deal Adams if the report that they turned down a first round pick from the Cowboys is true.
General manager Joe Douglas responded to the situation.
GM Joe Douglas on the Jamal Adams Tweet via @TMKSESPN: “Last week Jamal and I had a good conversation. We talked for a while. He did state that he did want to be a member of this team and didn’t want to go anywhere. … We did not make any calls on Jamal. Teams called us. ..."— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) October 29, 2019
(More Douglas) "... Teams have been calling us since there was a social media issue a few weeks back. My message was clear: Jamal is an absolute stud and we’re not interested in moving him. Teams called anyway. We were never in serious trade talks. ... " https://t.co/hKj1YQfQht— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) October 29, 2019
(More Douglas) "... We were not shopping Jamal, I can promise you that." https://t.co/8l0vIf7eWb— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) October 29, 2019
How can Joe Douglas fix the Jets' relationship with Jamal Adams now? "In this case it’s a simple miscommunication. Someone told him I was shopping him around. That’s not true."— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) October 29, 2019
The Jets seem to have an issue on their hands now. It is up to the team to resolve it.
For what it is worth, the media reports we have heard back Douglas’ story. Piecing together separate accounts of what the Jets asked for and what the Cowboys offered, it doesn’t sound like the two sides were even in the same ballpark.