Adams has been one of the best safeties in the NFL. He is one of the few Jets draft picks that has actually panned out over the last decade.
In a perfect world, he is a member of the Jets for the next four to five years and a cornerstone of their rebuild.
As the last few months would tell us, we don't come anywhere close to living in a perfect world.
In many ways, Jamal Adams has been immature in the way he has handled his demand for new contract. He takes to social media, he compares himself to other players, and last Thursday he expressed his desire to be traded.
Adams has overreacted dramatically to the set of circumstances that is going on around the franchise.
We are in the middle of a pandemic, and since the offseason began there is only one member of Jamal Adams' draft class to receive a contract extension: Carolina Panther running back Christian McCaffery.
Not DeSean Watson, not Myles Garrett and, oh yeah, not Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes.
Why is it that I have to hear Adams publicly play out his contract negotiations in the press and on social media, but I don't hear a word from Mahomes or Watson?
Two players, might I add, who are far more valuable to their team's success than Adams.
I'm all for Jamal Adams becoming the highest paid safety in the NFL, but when you have two years on your contract, don't make a public spectacle out of your next deal.
His ridiculous and over-the-top stance has led me to a simple conclusion that won't be a pleasant one for Jets fans: Adams does not want to be a member of the Jets longterm.
He can say whatever he wants publicly, but his behavior is similar to George Costanza trying to get fired. It’s clear, Adams wants out.
He and his agent put a list together of potential trade partners. Every single team on the list is a championship contender and, amazingly, Adams indicated that it wouldn't be a prerequisite to sign an extension right away.
What does that tell you? It tells you that Jamal Adams does not want to be a New York Jet.
But when Jets general manager Joe Douglas says in November and throughout the offseason that he wants Jamal Adams to be a Jet for life, it didn't strike me that the team was looking to make a trade.
With training camp a little over a month away, the next question for Douglas is how to proceed with Adams.
I would call his bluff, and if Adams decides to hold out then you start working the phones trying to cut a deal.
The last week has crystalized the fact there won't be a happy ending with Jamal Adams. The Jets rebuild long term will most likely proceed without him.
And that's on Adams, not the Jets.