Jamal Adams
Jet X Graphic, Getty Images, AP Photo

The importance of Joe Douglas and the New York Jets not caving to the media pressure involving Jamal Adams is immense.

Robby Sabo

Easy rarely equates to correct. It would be easy to pay Jamal Adams right now.

Joe Douglas and the New York Jets announcing a record-breaking contract for an NFL safety would signal peace, good vibes and uplifting songs around the fanbase’s campfire. It would also represent the “easy” thing to do.

These Jets, especially with Douglas at the helm, mustn’t cave to the media pressure involving their best player. It’s not the right move for long-term prosperity.

Based on merit, it makes all the sense in the world to extend No. 33. Earning first-team All-Pro honors, he’s coming off the best season of his young professional career. Adams racked up 6.5 sacks, 7 pass deflections, 75 tackles and an interception in 14 games for a team that won six of their last eight games.

Adams currently ranks 27th among safeties in salary. Naturally, he wants to rank first. Also naturally, the Jets want to reward the man.

Unnaturally for Adams, merit doesn’t drive the NFL; value does. While sports showcases its brightest light by way of a pure meritocracy, the NFL salary cap attempts to squash it time and again, and successfully so.

A total of 15 of 191 first-rounders from 2011 through 2016 have signed a contract extension prior to reaching the final team-option year of their rookie contract. As great as Adams is, he’s not special enough to shut down all possibilities—which is exactly the key, the thing Douglas is striving to keep alive.

Sorry, the content stops here if you’re not a Jet X Subscriber. Click the SUBSCRIBE button below for more information on the best damn New York Jets content in the world:

LIMITED TIME: Subscribe today and get the first month free (cancel anytime) and help support the COVID-19 public health emergency with a subscription (through the United Way of NYC).

***This page will remain open in one of your browser’s tabs. Come back and refresh the page after clicking the SUBSCRIBE or LOGIN button (if not automatically redirected).
Jet X Subscribe

Already a subscriber? Click the LOGIN button:

Jet X Membership Login

Want to create an account or connect via social media before subscribing? Click the CONNECT button:

Jet X Connect

Add Jets X-Factor to your Google News feed to stay up to date with the New York Jets.

Download the app to get customizable notifications directly to your device:

App Store, Play Store

Sign-Up for the best FREE New York Jets Newsletter on Earth:

Jet X Daily

Join the only verified New York Jets Discord:

New York Jets Discord