The New York Jets have been playing with fire for over a year now as it pertains to their maddening reluctance to offer a contract extension to safety Jamal Adams, and it has finally blown up in their faces.
ESPN insider Rich Cimini reported on Thursday that the two-time Pro Bowler has formally requested a trade out of New York.
Adams' contentious relationship with the Jets is well-documented, as he recently started taking to social media to convey his frustration with the franchise's lack of incentive to begin extension negotiations. New York locked him up through 2021 after exercising the fifth-year option on his rookie deal, but for obvious reasons, that doesn't come close to satisfying the former No. 6 overall pick.
After all, he's arguably the best player at his position in the NFL, and he's not exactly crazy to want to be paid like it.
The LSU product's name has been floated for the trading block in the past -- most recently, leading up this year's NFL Draft -- and it now appears that the Jets will have no choice in the matter.
Oof. That's gotta hurt, too.
The Jets have been backing themselves into this corner for over a year now, and we aren't the least bit surprised that Adams has decided to take action by requesting a trade. First-year general manager Joe Douglas doesn't appear willing to adhere to Adams' salary demands, and it looks like that will lead to New York losing its best overall player.
This might be rock bottom for Gang Green.