When a New York Jets safety player Jamal Adams is available, each NFL team must do its due diligence.
The 24-year-old requested a trade last week, and the San Francisco 49ers are one of seven teams he would agree to receive a deal with, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Maven SI’s Grant Cohn released a report saying the chances that the Niners can acquire strong All-Pro security are increasing:
“I just got a direct message from a well-placed source saying Jamal Adams to the 49ers is” ‘speeding up.’ “
Cohn adds that doesn’t necessarily mean Adams will be heading to the Bay Area, but that there is a greater chance than a few days ago.
I would give the rumor more credit if it came from Schefter or the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, who are the two most connected reporters, but the prospect of hiring Adams remains a fascinating prospect.
Of course, the 49ers could have had Adams on the roster by now if they had chosen him third in the 2017 NFL Draft instead of Solomon Thomas, but that’s a topic for another day. Adams ended up going sixth overall to the Jets, and has not disappointed since.
It was an All-Pro last season, finishing with 75 tackles, 13 TFLs, 6.5 sacks, seven passes protected and one interception, which returned for a touchdown. His versatility as a passer has improved since his rookie year, with his QB shots jumping from two in 2017 to 13 last season. Pff gave Adams a rating of 87.9 in 2019.
Adams’ selling price is reportedly at least a first-round choice, but the cost of maintaining it over the long term could be the deciding factor. She is due $ 7.1 million next season, followed by $ 9.8 million in 2021, after which she will have an extension.
Would the Jets consider a first-round package from 2021, another mid-round pick and the strong safety of the 49ers, Jarquiski Tartt?
Tartt’s capitalization shot is just over $ 6.2 million next year, and he will become a free agent after the 2020 season, so the figures would at least work in the short term.
Adams would be an improvement over Tartt, but the question is whether the Niners could sign him for a long-term deal. With George Kittle and Nick Bosa waiting to get better deals, finding enough money under the cap would be a difficult task after his rookie contract ends.
I’d take Cohn’s report with a grain of salt (for obvious reasons), but we know Adams wants to get out of the Big Apple.
What do you think John Lynch could offer to reach an agreement for Adams?