Frustrated by the lack of negotiations, Adams requested a trade last week. Buccaneers, Chiefs, Cowboys, Eagles, 49ers, Ravens, Seahawks and Texans. The Cowboys are at the top of the list. A new contract wouldn't necessarily be an immediate requirement with a trade to one of these teams.on Adams' list of preferred trade destinations: the
The Jets reportedly don't have any intention of trading Adams. General manager Joe Douglas listened to offers from other teams as the trading deadline was approaching last season but wasn't actively shopping Adams. The Cowboys reportedly offered a first-round pick and reserve cornerback Anthony Brown, while the Jets wanted a first-round pick and two second-round picks after initially inquiring about for All-Pro guard Zack Martin.
Adams is under contract through the 2021 season for a total of $13,450,292 after the Jets picked up their fifth-year option. The two-time All-Pro is scheduled to make $3,590,292 this year, which includes a $2,765,292 fifth day of training camp roster bonus, and $9.86 million in 2021.
Timing of extensions for first-round picks
The Jets are adhering to the typical contract extension timetable for first-round picks under the rookie wage scale implemented by the 2011 NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement with Adams. Only 17 first-rounders have signed extensions after playing just three NFL seasons since 2011 first-round picks initially became eligible for new deals in 2014. The 17 players are listed in the chart below.
During the first six times first-round picks have been eligible for extensions (2014 through 2019), an average of 2.67 players per year received new deals after three years. Surprisingly, none of the 2014 first-round picks signed extensions in 2017 despite that class containing NFL Defensive Player of Year award winners Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack. Donald held out for most the preseason trying to get a new deal before returning to play under the fourth year of his rookie contract.
Almost half of these 16 extensions have come from two teams: the Rams and Cowboys. The Rams lead the way by handing out four extensions. Just nine of the 32 NFL teams (28.1 percent) have signed first-round picks to extensions after three seasons.
The extensions have skewed towards offensive players. Only five of the extensions have gone to defensive players, with the most recent coming in 2015 with Luke Kuechly.
The defensive player drought is likely to come to an end this year. The Browns and defensive end Myles Garrett, 2017's first overall pick, have engaged in negotiations. Quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson are also expected to sign new deals before regular season starts.
Adams' contract demands
Adams' reportedshould be problematic for the Jets or any team interested in acquiring him. According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, a source told him that Adams wants to be one of the NFL's highest-paid defensive players. There are five defensive players with contracts averaging over $20 million per year; all five are pass rushers.
Rich Cimini, who covers the Jets for ESPN, reported that Adams has wanted to be the highest-paid player on the team. Inside linebacker C.J. Mosley currently holds that distinction at $17 million per year.
Either way, Adams is probably going to need to adjust his salary expectations. Typically, cornerbacks have been paid more than safeties. Darius Slay is the league's highest-paid cornerback on the three-year, $50.05 million extension ($16,683,333 per year) he received from the Eagles when he was acquired via a trade with the Lions in March.
Trying to become the first safety to ever hit the $15 million per year mark would be a much more realistic contract demand for Adams. Eddie Jackson, who is at the top of the safety pay scale, signed a four-year extension averaging $14,604,250 with the Bears in January. When adjusting contracts since the salary cap era began in 1994 for cap inflation, Hall of Famer Troy Polamalu is over the last 26 years. The three-year extension averaging $9,866,667 per year Polamalu signed with the Steelers in 2011 when the salary cap was $120.375 million equates to $16,245,677 per year under the current $198.2 million figure.
There probably will be a lot more acrimony between Adams and the Jets unless one side quickly relents. The ball is likely going to be in Adams' court to decide how far he is willing to go to get his wish. Holding out would cost Adams $40,000 per day (since he is still under his rookie contract), a year of service towards free agency and allow the Jets to recoup a portion of the $3,582,056 in signing bonus proration allocated to his 2020 contract year once his absence reaches six days.