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New York Jets’ Avery Williamson on Jamal Adams: ‘He deserves to get paid’

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New York Jets inside linebacker Avery Williamson makes his feelings on the Jamal Adams situation extremely clear.

First, Le’Veon Bell decided to speak out on Hot 97. Now, another teammate of Jamal Adams is speaking up about the tumultuous offseason situation that’s raged on for a month.

New York Jets inside linebacker Avery Williamson believes his teammate “deserves to get paid.”

Williamson joined Jeane Coakley on SNY’s Geico SportsNite to discuss the 2020 season and Adams’ current saga raging on with his employer.

“I would definitely love to see him back,” Williamson said. I definitely feel like he’s the best safety in the league. I feel like he deserves to get paid. I understand his frustration, he wants to get paid.”

Williamson, 28, is flying a bit under the radar at the moment. After a tremendous first season in New Jersey, the former Titan was lost for the season in a preseason game that saw him tear his ACL in Atlanta.

Questions surrounded his Jets status heading into 2020, as Joe Douglas could have looked to save money at a loaded position on the depth chart. Like Adams, he’s here, and he’s hoping the two remain together.

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“He’s had a phenomenal three seasons,” Williamson added. “Hoping he’s going to stay with us, hoping it all works out. At the end of the day, it’s a business.”

Williamson finished with 120 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, six pass deflections, an interception and six tackles for loss in his excellent 2018 campaign. While Williamson gets it done in an under-the-radar, almost silent manner, he understands not all players are built identically.

“He (Adams) talks a lot but he backs it up on the field,” Williamson said.

The middle of the Jets defensive backfield is loaded. Save for unexpected injuries, Avery Williamson and Jamal Adams will help lead a defense that includes C.J. Mosley, Marcus Maye and Brian Poole on the second and third levels.

There are now two New York Jets who believe the team’s best player deserves that money and decided to state it publicly.

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