Things haven't much improved between Jamal Adams and the New York Jets, with the contractual stalemate still very much ongoing as the calendar begins to approach June. It's no secret Adams wants to remain with Gang Green going forward, but only if he's awarded the extension he's been lobbying for. General manager Joe Douglas admitted in late April the two sides hadn't met up to that point to discuss Adams' future with the club, and would instead do so following the 2020 NFL Draft -- again deploying double-speak by way of praising the two-time All-Pro's value to the club .
This doesn't sit well with Jets fans or players who feel Adams is a defensive necessity going forward. One such dissenter of a possible Adams trade is linebacker C.J. Mosley, who didn't pull punches when he was asked about the situation. The four-time All-Pro can't fathom why New York would consider shipping Adams out of town, and he's now let the club know exactly how he feels about the idea; as well as why he's still not buying it.
"To me, I wasn't too worried about that," Mosley said, via ESPN. "That would be a crazy move. First of all, he's one of the leaders on the team. That's first and foremost.
"He brings that extra energy whether guys want it or not. Sometimes you might be tired or not feeling good, but as soon as he steps on the field, you're going to hear that voice and he'll be flying around. To have that presence in the secondary, a guy that can make plays in the passing game and also plays in the backfield -- in the box -- that's always exciting."
This, of course, isn't the first time the Jets have flirted with the idea.
In October 2019, they listened to offers from several teams -- including Adams' hometown Dallas Cowboys -- in an attempt to see what they could potentially land in exchange for him ahead of the NFL trade deadline. That decision sent Adams into a media fury, then making it known he'd love to return to North Texas, if that was the play. He'd later walk back his comments and has since doubled down on wanting to remain in New York, but Douglas and the Jets have remained technically distant despite being verbally semi-committed to him.
The team exercised Adam's fifth-year option that will secure him through the 2021 season but, absent a long-term deal, it's unlikely he'll participate in any offseason program in 2020, and there's the added possibility he'd be absent if the NFL season kicks off as scheduled in September. For now though, Mosley isn't worried about the worst-case scenario.
"Once we get everybody back, and everybody already has a year under their belts as a defense, we can take this to another level," Mosley said.
Until an extension is inked, however, trade speculation will not only remain -- it'll simply ramp up with each passing week.