This Isn't Going to End Well for Jamal Adams and the Jets

Jamal Adams
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams has openly expressed frustration with his team. | Al Pereira/Getty Images

New York Jets safety Jamal Adams has not been shy about his desire to be paid as soon as possible. The 2017 No. 6 overall pick is under team control through 2021 after his fifth-year option was picked up, but he wants an extension now.

The easy way to deal with this situation would be for the Jets to seriously engage in contract talks with Adams. The two sides can work through different offers, and keep him engaged before he enters a contract year in 2021.

However, the current strategy only seems to be making the safety mad.

To be fair, Adams is also using social media and the media to speak out against his team. That is not a great look, even if his frustration is justifiable.

The argument against the Jets is that Adams claims the team never sent over a proposal that was promised at the start of 2020. So will the Jets blow this?

The early signs are not good. Adams wants an extension in New York, and the team dragging its feet could lead to a holdout as early as this year. The safety was first-team All-Pro last season and wants to be paid as such.

The Jets may also have Sam Darnold's eventual extension on the mind as well, yet that doesn't excuse the team from apparently failing to send over a promised proposal. Getting serious about negotiations would fix this problem overnight. However, Adams is already unhappy, and a lowball offer could be enough to destroy the relationship beyond repair.