Joe Douglas on Jamal Adams trade: “This was an offer we couldn’t ignore”

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More than 50 years after a Godfather from New York made the phrase, “We’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse” part of the American lexicon, a General Manager from New York has applied a twist to that catch phrase.

This was an offer we couldn’t ignore,” G.M. Joe Douglas said Saturday regarding the trade that sends safety Jamal Adams and a 2022 fourth-round pick to the Seahawks for two first-round picks, a third-round pick, and safety Bradley McDougald.

“This trade provides us with a unique opportunity to improve our team with multiple first-round picks in each of the next two years and the flexibility to continue to build this team for the future,” Douglas said. “Adding Bradley McDougald’s consistency and production to this year’s team was an important piece that gives us more experience on defense. While we had maintained our interest in Jamal Adams having a long and successful career with the Jets, we know it’s important to be prepared and willing to adjust to new offers and circumstances. As I have always said, my job is to listen to calls and this offer was one we could not ignore.”

Indeed they couldn’t. Adams wanted out, with his most recent efforts including calling out owner/U.S. ambassador to Britain Woody Johnson after allegations of workplace misconduct in his govermental role and speaking on the record regarding the question of whether coach Adam Gase is the right man to lead the team. The scorched-earth campaign easily could have cratered trade interest, whether because a team like the Seahawks deemed the Jets to be desperate or because the Seahawks wouldn’t want to surrender significant value for a chronic malcontent who, if things don’t go his way in Seattle, may target ownership, teammates, and/or coaches there.

So, no, the Jets couldn’t say no. They had to be thrilled that they got what they could, only days before Adams would have shown up for training camp with an attitude that would have given a team that already has plenty to worry about even more things to navigate as the season approaches.

62 responses to “Joe Douglas on Jamal Adams trade: “This was an offer we couldn’t ignore”

  1. Those killing the Hawks on this U think are off. The guy has HOF potential and Carroll’s specialty is the secondary. That and the Hawks have stunk with their 1st round picks the last 5 years.

  2. Can’t believe the Seahawks sold their souls for a guy whose not even top 3 at his position..WOW

  3. The Jets aren’t known for making good moves, but this bucks the trend in a large way. Best of luck Jets. It’s a better league when you can actually compete.

  4. An offer so good even the Jets of all teams found a way not to refuse.

    Seriously, bravo NYJ. Now how you spend those picks…

  5. Don’t get to hear this often but the Jets scores big and dominated an opponent in a huge win. Now it’s time to wait and see who they get with those first rounders.

  6. Not so fast, with all the 1st round busts every year, we really won’t know you got the better deal until 3 years from now.

  7. Gave way too much for a player that will turn his back on you as soon as things don’t go his way. And he is truly only above average. Look at the overall numbers.

  8. Yes, it’s a rare thing indeed for a team to offer two firsts for a SAFETY. That just doesn’t come around too often.

  9. regardless of how you feel about adams, paying a safety 14-17m a year is bad business, especially for a team that’s not currently close to competing for a championship & especially with darnold coming up.

  10. This trade is insane. Seattle isn’t just one player away and will need the draft picks in the future.

  11. Two firsts and a third for a box safety with 2 interceptions? Who cares how hard he hits, of course you do that trade.

    The Seahawks are insane doing this without getting Adams under contract first.

  12. Bill O’Brien should take notes. Imagine trading away both Clowney and Hopkins and STILL not having a single first round pick to show for it.

  13. Honestly, the only real challenge when you get a call like that is to not start laughing until after you agree to terms and hang up the phone.

  14. The Jets made out like bandits.
    They lost a very good player, but one who’s not a difference maker, and will soon become very expensive and is disruptive and they got a lot of draft capital.
    Joe Douglas is a cut above the other jets GM’s.

  15. You can phrase anyway you want to the Jets just took a major step in pushing that organization in the right direction. I am sure the GM is on cloud 9 with those draft picks looming in the future. From what I seen in this past year’s draft the Jet’s did very well with the DB’s either drafting them or bringing in some studs as UDFA’s. This is a team nobody is talking about, should be interesting in the next 2 to 3 years.

  16. The Jets will stink as long as Woody Johnson is around. Great trade, but they’ll find a way to mess it up.

  17. Jamal Adams won’t be asking the Seahawks for a new contract. Entitled 24 year old clown just wanted to go to a contender. Not much of the leader he claims to be.

  18. I hope Russell Wilson is good at Frogger because here’s another teammate that will throw him under the bus.

  19. First thing he does this morning is leak out how he wants to be the highest paid safety still..enjoy Seahawks fans, you haven’t even met the family yet. Oh brother hahaha.

  20. Usually the Jets are the ones getting fleeced. Congrats to Gang Green even though as a Pats fan I can’t stand you.

  21. This kind reminds me of the Bears giving up a pile of draft picks for Khalil Mack.

    Mack is no doubt top-tier NFL talent but did not really help the Bears much, while all those picks could have pretty much rebuilt the team.

    Trading high draft picks, especially first rounders, especially multiple first rounders in a single deal, is really risky.

    I wouldn’t do it.

  22. Joe Douglas is the best thing that has happened to the Jets since Joe Namath was drafted. If there was an MVP award for GMs, this guy wins hands down.

    I hope it works out for Seattle because it better. This guy will destroy the Seahawks with either his cancer me-first attitude or his new contract or both. The cap is going down to $175mm next year. Even if this does put them over the top for the upcoming joke of a season, they will have to destroy that team for next year. The four or five huge paychecks they have to write and signing bonuses will be like giant tight handcuffs.

    Pet Carroll and Schneider must be planning to have 2020 and 2021 be there last seasons and not stay around for the mess they have made of Seattle’s future.

  23. I don’t know how anyone can say Seattle made a good trade here. Two first round picks for a safety is just plain dumb. I wonder how long it’ll take him to start complaining about his contract. My guess is three days. Then they’re going to have to sign him to an extension or have him whine and complain the entire season.

    As far as the Jets goes, this is an addition by subtraction even if they hadn’t gotten anything for him. Getting two first-round picks is like winning the scratch-off.

  24. This is way more than the Vikings got for Diggs. I don’t watch the Jets, but is this guy worth it? Seems incredible but I guess the answer is simply He is worth it to the Seahawks. The Jets value him slightly less and so the trade went through. He wanted out U guess everybody wins with an asterisk next to the Seahawks. Only a couple years will settle that question for good.

  25. jimmygeewhiz says:
    July 26, 2020 at 10:38 am
    This kind reminds me of the Bears giving up a pile of draft picks for Khalil Mack.

    Mack is no doubt top-tier NFL talent but did not really help the Bears much, while all those picks could have pretty much rebuilt the team.
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    Mack was arguably the best player of the 2018 season and led them to the playoffs. He’s a future HOF at the most important position outside of QB. AND Chicago got a second round pick back.

    A better comp would be the disastrous Jalen Ramsey trade or the Laremy Tunsil deal for Houston.

  26. What teams like the Jets, that lose every year, dont realize, is it is only a good trade if you hit on those draft picks you get. Jamal Adams is a flat out elite player, that people will finally realize what a great player he is, on a really good team.

    Its the same teams that are picking in the Top 10 every year, and its the same teams drafting way lower that are always in the Playoffs.

    Jamal Adams will be a superstar in Seattle

  27. At least Adams was all-pro. Tunsil hadn’t even made a pro bowl when he was traded.

  28. Not a top 3 safety? He is probably the #1 safety and I’m a Vikings fan and we have two top 5 safeties (and he is better than both).

    Still a huge win for the Jets. Safety is a low value position to be committing your cap to.

  29. 2 firsts, a third and a roughly league average starter at the same position for a fourth round pick and your guy who wants to blow up the market at his position. It would be negligent not to take that deal.

  30. A first round pick next season means nothing. Seattle knows that. Seattle always picks at the end of the first round, considering the first 15 or 20 picks are first round talents, anything after about 20 is a second round pick in many drafts- that’s why Seattle always trades out. Yeah, Seattle gave up a lot, but don’t act the jets are going to the bowl, that organization sucks.

  31. What teams like the Jets, that lose every year, dont realize, is it is only a good trade if you hit on those draft picks you get. Jamal Adams is a flat out elite player, that people will finally realize what a great player he is, on a really good team.

    True the Jets arent’s great at drafting, but if you aren’t great at drafting, adding extra picks is a good way of compensating for this. Adams may in fact turn out to be elite, but an elite safety isn’t as valuable as that draft capital. The Jets may need those picks to move up to get a QB if Darnold doesn’t pan out. And besides, Adams didn’t want to play for them. He made that quite clear. To get that much for a guy that ruined the trade market for himself is amazing. It really is!

  32. Safety is the least valuable position in the defense. Adams is not Earl Thomas. The jets really had one of the best drafts this year and Douglass has got Them in the right direction finally. Adams is not a leader and he showed his true colors and it’s pretty sick watching media heads take his side because of their beef with wj and these new allegations. Jets are gonna he so much better off without this clown.

  33. The only way this trade could be better: if the Seahawks would take Gase instead of one of the first rounders.

  34. Joe learned from the Great Ozzie Newsome. Sorry but Ed Reed in his prime is not worth two #1 picks. Jamal Adams ain’t no ed reed.

  35. Man you would think every first rounder is an automatic lock to be a superstar (ya know…like Adams already is at 24 years old) with these comments.

    Most first rounders don’t even end up getting their 5th year options picked up when all is said and done, let alone become arguably the best at their position.

    And yet Seattle got ‘played/fleeced/etc?’ Come on now. If they had wanted Adams (as an unknown commodity then) at 6 overall a couple drafts back, they would have had to have given up a similar haul to get him. And they have done so, knowing now what kind of stud he really is. It’s just the cost of doing business. Star players will never come cheap and are worth what someone is willing to pay.

  36. I cant believe how many horrible trades (flat out robberies) there have been lately. I dont understand…..

  37. onlywinnersgetwings says:
    July 27, 2020 at 9:34 am
    Man you would think every first rounder is an automatic lock to be a superstar (ya know…like Adams already is at 24 years old) with these comments.

    Most first rounders don’t even end up getting their 5th year options picked up when all is said and done, let alone become arguably the best at their position.

    And yet Seattle got ‘played/fleeced/etc?’ Come on now. If they had wanted Adams (as an unknown commodity then) at 6 overall a couple drafts back, they would have had to have given up a similar haul to get him. And they have done so, knowing now what kind of stud he really is. It’s just the cost of doing business. Star players will never come cheap and are worth what someone is willing to pay.
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    Adams was an unknown commodity then? I guess being ranked the top safety entering that draft qualifies you to be an unknown. Star players are not always worth what someone is willing to pay. The team that is willing to pay also expects that player to perform, some don’t after signing a big contract.

  38. What the FLIP?? I knew the got the first-rounders but there was a 3rd in there too? AND Joe McDougal? Joe’s a good safety.

    And now Pete has to back up the dump truck full of gold bouillon to pay Adams what he thinks he’s worth.

    Jets did a nasty on Pete. Seriously, it’s gonna take a couple years worth of showers to get the stink off him.

  39. The jets will be using draft picks while jamal plays for another team next year seattle what r u thinking

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