In exchange for Adams, the Jets received a first-round pick in both the 2021 and 2022 NFL drafts, a 2021 third-round pick and safety Bradley McDougald. The Seahawks also received a 2022 fourth-round pick.
Jamal Adams and the Jets have been at odds this offseason
It’s been a tumultuous offseason for Adams and the team. The 24-year-old Adams has publicly expressed frustration with the organization, criticizing the team for not giving him an extension and questioning head coach Adam Gase’s leadership abilities.
In three seasons in the NFL, Adams has emerged as one of the best safeties in the game. He’s made the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons, and is coming off his first All-Pro selection. Adams is under contract through the 2021 season.
“This trade provides us with a unique opportunity to improve our team with multiple first-round picks in each of the next two years and the flexibility to continue to build this team for the future,” Jets general manager Joe Douglas said in a statement. “Adding Bradley McDougald’s consistency and production to this year’s team was an important piece that gives us more experience on defense. While we had maintained our interest in Jamal Adams having a long and successful career with the Jets, we know it’s important to be prepared and willing to adjust to new offers and circumstances. As I have always said, my job is to listen to calls and this offer was one we could not ignore.”
The underlying drama of the trade didn’t stop Adams from posting a thank you note to Jets fans after the trade was announced.
To NY & especially the Jets fans:— Jamal Adams (@Prez) July 25, 2020
I love you & will always love you. You all will hold a special place in my heart forever. When I came into the league, you embraced me & watched me grow! We went through it all together. Thank you for the Luv & support these 3 years. #Prez Out. pic.twitter.com/1jkSMJKQNH
To the Seahawks Org & Fans:— Jamal Adams (@Prez) July 25, 2020
You have a man on a mission, a man all in on winning a Super Bowl, being the best leader & teammate he can be, & a man who will give everything he has to the city of Seattle and to the 12s all across the world. Thank you for believing in me!#Prez pic.twitter.com/3kQzatip2r
Players’ reaction to the trade
Several NFL players, and an NFC West team, weighed in on Adams’ trade.
You told me this was gonna happen 2 weeks ago, @Prez Congrats brotha go do you and get what you deserve !!! No state taxes btw 👀 lucky ass 😂😂😂— Tre'Davious White (@TakeAwayTre_) July 25, 2020
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Le’Veon Bell speaks out
Jets running back Le’Veon Bell responded to Adams’ trade with a rebuke for his former teammate.
coo.. 👍🏾— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) July 25, 2020
ppl do all the hootin & hollerin to get you brought in, just to leave...lol like people weird yooo, the internet got these dudes doin whatever for attention, even when they tell you sh*t they don’t believe themselves— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) July 25, 2020
Adams eventually took notice of his now-former teammate’s Twitter activity.
And, of course, Bell had a response.
“noted” what?! lol that you LIED? PLEASEE TRUST that it IS “noted” then..& if I’m supposed to take “see you in week 14” as a threat...I don’t! but it’s still allll love and like I told you ON THE PHONE I want the best for you..if this is the best for you, I want it for you bro 🙌🏾 https://t.co/yyNGH5XAb3— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) July 26, 2020
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