There are a lot of NFL players who appreciate the business of football when it plays to their advantage. They all love contracts guaranteeing millions of dollars. Oh yes, when that happens, everything is cool, general managers and owners are classy and great to work for.
Of course, these are often the same guys who bitch and moan when the business of football suddenly messes with their vibe. We’ve had a front row seat over the last two seasons watching guys like Le’Veon Bell, Jalen Ramsey and Trent Williams sulk when the money got tight.
The New York Jets are one of the worst teams in the NFL this season. In fact, the organization has been one of the most dysfunctional the league has seen, save for a few good years when Bill Parcells and Rex Ryan were running the show.
This year, they have a new coach, Adam Gase, a new general manager, Joe Douglas, but many of the same old problems. The team is 1-6 and save for a miraculous win over the Cowboys a few weeks ago, just about every Jets game has been a study in embarrassment and futility.
So you could understand why the Jets would have wanted to spend time leading up the trade deadline evaluating their roster and looking for ways to improve it.
This leads us to Jamal Adams, their talented strong safety.
Adams sees himself as a team leader, certainly one of the alpha males in the locker room. He has a high regard for himself, sees himself as an irreplaceable asset.
A few days ago, Adams and Douglas had a conversation about the future of the team. And according to Adams, Douglas told him there was no way the Jets would ever consider moving him to get back a nice package to help them inch forward.
Adams was very happy to hear that. So you can image how he felt when he saw the Jets were talking to the Dallas Cowboys about a deal involving him.
Adams went nuts. And like most immature millennials, he instinctively jumped onto Twitter and laid into Douglas and the team for having the temerity to consider trading him after he was told it would never happen.
“When my agent called me and told me what was going on, it definitely hurt me,” said Adams. “I hold myself as a high level. The Rams don’t take calls on Aaron Donald, the Patriots don’t take calls on Tom Brady, you know what I mean? That’s where I hold myself in that regard.”
On what planet does this dude live?
As you might expect, the New York media ran hard with this story, and on Wednesday Adams said he wasn’t sorry he what he said and was in no mood to talk things out with his boss.
“I thought I was that guy for them,” wailed Adams. “I didn’t see them even having talks about it, after I told them I wanted to be here.”
Adams is naïve if he thinks he has earned the right to be an untouchable. Sam Darnold is likely the only player on the team the Jets wouldn’t consider trading – at least for now, right?
What right does Adams have to get angry about his team doing its due diligence. He doesn’t run the team. He doesn’t sign the checks. He’s just a player. He has no right to be angry with the Jets. It isn’t personal.
Douglas told the media he did speak to the Cowboys, but that he hadn’t initiated the call. He was simply listening and wasn’t actively trying to shop Adams. Douglas even seemed sorry Adams was upset over something he described as “simple miscommunication.”
“For three years, I’ve done nothing but work my butt off, continue to improve, be a great leader for the team, be a great teammate,” said Adams. “When you see certain things like that and you hear about it and you get calls, you’re in shock a little bit, right.
“But at the end of the day, it’s a business. I get it, I understand it. But that’s how I look at myself. I hold myself in a high regard. Obviously, they didn’t feel that way.”
Adams says he understands business, but he really doesn’t. If he did, he would have understood what had happened, maybe even felt complimented the Jets assessed his value so highly that a first- and second-round picks were reportedly being offered.
Adams is signed through 2020 with a team option for 2021. He said he now is unsure if he has a future with the Jets or if he even desires one.
“You know I’m happy to be here, man,” said Adams. “My focus is here right now. I don’t know what the future’s gonna hold. I really don’t. Obviously I had a different mindset as far as how I felt about it in the near future. But I don’t know. I really don’t know. But like I can tell you right now, I’m excited to be here. I’m excited to finish the season off the right way. I’m excited to play in front of the best fans in the NFL. That’s all I’m focused on. I’m focused on right now.”
Still, during his dialogue with media, he also said he wouldn’t have minded being traded to the Cowboys. If that was the case, why did he blow up at Douglas for having a conversation about doing precisely that?
“I’m not ready to talk (to Douglas),” he said. “That’s where I’m at with it. When you go through something, sometimes it’s best to let everything cool down. I’m not going to sit here and say it didn’t hurt me. It did.”
We’re so sorry the Jets may have hurt your feelings. Now get it over it – and yourself. You’re not Aaron Donald or Tom Brady. Snap out of it!