This 49ers-Jets Trade for Jamal Adams Would Give San Fran the Best Defense in the NFL

Jamal Adams
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams | Mark Brown/Getty Images

The New York Jets might need to deal their best player in a contract dispute, as safety Jamal Adams either wants to be the highest-paid safety in the league or wants out of New York.

Among the seven playoff contenders that Adams listed as potential destinations are the San Francisco 49ers, who need a transformative talent like him in the secondary.

For a 49ers team that has shown they are more than willing to give up draft picks if it means they can get "their guy" a first-round and a fourth-round pick should be adequate draft compensation due to the fact San Francisco traded their third-round pick in 2021 in the Trent Williams deal.

The Jets could insist on a defensive back in return, as fellow 2017 draftee Marcus Maye is a free agent at the end of this season. 49ers safety Tarvarius Moore, a backup who saw his snaps decrease over the later parts of the season, could finally get the chance to start in New York alongside 2020 third-rounder Ashtyn Davis.

Robert Saleh's front seven might be the best in the game, but they need that one big piece in the secondary to take this defense into the stratosphere. Adams, for the cost of a few draft picks and a backup safety, could be headed to the Bay Area.