But was that the right move?
After all, the 24-year-old has become one of the NFL's top safeties and was a first-team All-Pro in 2019. So, while the Jets received a huge haul from the Seattle Seahawks -- safety Bradley McDougald, first-round picks in 2021 and 2022 and a third-round pick in 2021 in exchange for Adams and the Jets' 2022 fourth-round pick -- was that enough to justify parting with a franchise cornerstone?
Rodney Harrison doesn't think so. In fact, the former New England Patriots safety believes New York botched the whole Adams situation.
"Jamal Adams is your best player on your team," Harrison said Wednesday on "PFT Live" with Mike Florio and Chris Simms. "You've got a quarterback playing on a rookie deal, but yet you don't want to make him the highest-paid safety in the NFL? The Jets blew it. I just think they made a huge mistake here."
Harrison also pointed out the Jets happily gave linebacker C.J. Mosley a five-year, $85 million deal with $51 million guaranteed and shelled out over $50 million for running back Le'Veon Bell, yet declined to open their checkbooks for Adams.
Adams criticized Jets head coach Adam Gase and owner Woody Johnson last week, which may have factored into the Jets' decision to finally trade him. Despite those comments, though, Harrison still believes New York let one get away.
"Yes, he could have handled the situation a lot better. I understand that this is business and he talked himself out of New York," Harrison said. "But I think he's a tremendous player and the Jets, I think they made a mistake. He's a Hall of Fame talent. You don't let guys like that walk out the door."
The AFC East is as wide-open as it has been in years after Tom Brady left the Patriots in free agency, not to mention the six New England players who just opted out of the 2020 NFL season.
Why Rodney Harrison believes Jets 'blew it' with Jamal Adams trade originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston