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Bell Believes Adams Wants To Stay A Jet

  • The Jets have needed help on the edge for years, but they did not aggressively pursue aid on this front this offseason. They signed returning sack leader (with eight) Jordan Jenkins to a one-year deal and drafted Florida edge rusher Jabari Zuniga in Round 3. Do not expect the Jets to jump into a bidding war for Jadeveon Clowney, Everson Griffen or Markus Golden ahead of training camp, per Brian Costello of the New York Post. The Jets are open to signing a pass rusher on a low-cost deal but are eyeing some carryover cap space for 2021, per Costello. Gang Green currently possesses $24.5MM in space — fifth-most in the league. This would help toward an Adams extension.

The three AFC East teams located in the northeast will have different protocols for returning to training camp. Bills and Jets players will not have to quarantine for 14 days upon returning to their respective states for camp, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. New York is working with New Jersey and Connecticut on a COVID-19 travel policy that mandates 14-day quarantines for people who travel to these states from states with high coronavirus test rates. An exemption for NFL camps means the Bills, Jets and Giants will return to work under the same guidelines, despite the latter two franchises being headquartered in New Jersey. The teams’ players will need to be given COVID-19 tests upon arrival, and they will be restricted from working until the results arrive.

  • While Jamal Adams has submitted a trade request and has indicated he would like to play for the Cowboys — one of the handful of teams on the All-Pro safety’s desired destination list — one of his Jets teammates classifies this as overblown. Le’Veon Bell said during a recent radio interview with Hot 97 (Twitter link via ESPN’s Adam Schefter) he believes Adams wants to stay with the Jets. The fourth-year defender did say in December he wanted to stay with the Jets. However, he since skipped their virtual offseason program, requested a trade and has been linked to having issues with both Adam Gase. This followed his issues with how GM Joe Douglas handled trade talks last fall.
  • The Jets have needed help on the edge for years, but they did not aggressively pursue aid on this front this offseason. They signed returning sack leader (with eight) Jordan Jenkins to a one-year deal and drafted Florida edge rusher Jabari Zuniga in Round 3. Do not expect the Jets to jump into a bidding war for Jadeveon Clowney, Everson Griffen or Markus Golden ahead of training camp, per Brian Costello of the New York Post. The Jets are open to signing a pass rusher on a low-cost deal but are eyeing some carryover cap space for 2021, per Costello. Gang Green currently possesses $24.5MM in space — fifth-most in the league. This would help toward an Adams extension.

Jets Sign La’Mical Perine

The Jets have agreed to terms with fourth-round draft choice La’Mical Perine, the team announced. The former Florida running back is the fourth member of the club’s nine-man rookie class to sign his first professional contract.

Perine is presently staring up at two big names ahead of him on the Jets’ RB depth chart, which is topped by Le’Veon Bell and Frank Gore. But Bell could be a trade candidate if New York is a trade deadline seller, and even if he makes it through the season, it’s far from a sure thing that he’ll be back with Gang Green in 2021. Gore, meanwhile, is on the tail end of a Hall of Fame career and may retire at the end of the 2020 campaign.

So Perine will do battle with players like Kenneth Dixon and Josh Adams in an effort to secure a spot in the current RB rotation while showcasing his talents for a larger role down the line. His college numbers aren’t especially flashy, but a 5.0 yards-per-carry average over a four-year stint against SEC defenses isn’t too shabby, and he displayed some receiving ability in his senior season, catching 40 passes for 262 yards and five TDs.

Per the terms of his draft slot, Perine will earn $4MM over the life of his four-year deal, which includes a $745K signing bonus. Here’s the full rundown of the Jets’ draft class as it presently stands, via PFR’s tracker:

1-11: Mekhi Becton, T (Louisville)
2-59: Denzel Mims, WR (Baylor): Signed
3-68: Ashtyn Davis, S (California)
3-79: Jabari Zuniga, DE (Florida)
4-120: Lamical Perine, RB (Florida): Signed
4-125: James Morgan, QB (Florida International)
4-129: Cameron Clark, OT (Charlotte): Signed
5-158: Bryce Hall, CB (Virginia): Signed
6-191: Braden Mann, P (Texas A&M)

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Jets’ Adam Gase Pushed For Marcus Maye Trade

Head coach Adam Gase wanted the Jets to trade Marcus Maye shortly after he was hired in 2019, sources tell Manish Mehta of the Daily News. The Jets talked Gase into keeping Maye, though GM Joe Douglas reportedly fielded trade inquiries on the safety after joining the club. 

[RELATED: Latest On Adam Gase, Jamal Adams]

Maye, selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft after Jamal Adams in Round 1, has started in all 38 of his games for the Jets. He missed ten games in 2018 with a broken thumb, though that was sandwiched by two years of perfect attendance.

Douglas rejected calls about Maye before last year’s trade deadline, but he could be inclined to listen after selecting safety Ashtyn Davis in the third round. Of course, the Jets’ view of Maye could change if they cave to Jamal Adams’ trade demand.

Maye, 27, finished out the year with 65 tackles, one interception, and seven passes defensed. The University of Florida product is set to make just $1.4MM in 2020, but that’s the final year of his contract. If the Jets want to keep him beyond that, it’ll cost ’em a whole lot more on a multi-year commitment.

The shortened offseason means that Davis won’t have much time to ramp up for September, which means that the Jets probably wouldn’t feel comfortable with dealing Maye right now and inserting the rookie into the starting lineup. However, it’s a situation to monitor, especially if the Jets manage to mend fences with Adams.

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AFC East Notes: Patriots, Dolphins, Jets, Gase

Prior to being selected by the Patriots in the third round of the 2016 draft, quarterback Jacoby Brissett wanted nothing to do with New England.

“I honestly did not want to be there,” Brissett said on the McCourty twins’ podcast (via Darren Hartwell of NBC Sports Boston). “When I took my visit there — my pre-draft visit — I was like, ‘Hell no. If one team drafts me, it better not be them.’

“And I’ll never forget, (offensive coordinator) Josh (McDaniels) called me on the phone on draft night and I didn’t have his number saved. That’s how bad it was. I didn’t even have his number saved in my phone. I was like, ‘Damn, man.'”

You can’t necessarily blame Brissett for feeling that way. Besides having to play behind one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time in Tom Brady, the rookie QB was also behind former second-rounder Jimmy Garoppolo on the depth chart. Due to suspensions and injuries to his teammates, Brissett ended up seeing time in three games (two starts) during his rookie campaign. The following year, the Patriots shipped Brissett to the Colts in exchange for wideout Phillip Dorsett.

“Honestly, that was my wake-up to the NFL, was being traded and then the next week, you’re out there in a game,” Brissett added. “It was like, ‘We don’t care how long you’ve been here. You’d better know how to play.”

Let’s check out some more notes from the AFC East…

  • Speaking of Patriots quarterbacks, Cam Newton is in New England to complete his physical and finalize his one-year deal, reports NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (via Twitter). The reporter notes that the Patriots are confident in the quarterback’s “condition” and aren’t anticipating any issues with the physical. Injuries limited Newton to only a pair of games in 2019, forcing him to settle for a one-year, $1.75MM deal with New England.
  • If the Dolphins are forced to trim their training camp roster, then Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald points to a handful of undrafted rookies who could get cut, including offensive linemen Jonathan Hubbard, Nick Kaltmayer, and Donell Stanley. Jackson also opines that a handful of veterans could be sent packing, a group that includes offensive linemen Adam Pankey and Keaton Sutherland, quarterback Jake Rudock, fullback Chandler Cox, and receivers Ricardo Louis and Mack Hollins.
  • Connor Hughes of The Athletic did a somewhat similar exercise with the Jets, as he explored which players could be traded if New York gets off to a sluggish start. The writer points to wideout Breshad Perriman, linebacker Avery Williamson, running back Le’Veon Bell, defensive end Henry Anderson, and safety Marcus Maye as potential trade candidates.
  • While Hughes believes that Adam Gase has received some underserved criticism during his tenure in New York, the writer also can’t envision the Jets head coach keeping his job if the team finishes with seven or fewer wins. Of course, there are plenty of scenarios where the Jets struggle and Gase does keep his job, especially if quarterback Sam Darnold misses more time in 2020.

Jets, Demaryius Thomas In Talks

The Jets are “still talking” with wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, according to Connor Hughes of The Athletic. Thomas, 32, has said that he wants to continue playing, even though he’s not the player he used to be. 

Thomas, 32, could potentially help to mentor some of the Jets’ younger players, including rookie Denzel Mims. Beyond Mims, Breshad Perriman, and Jamison Crowder the Jets are looking pretty thin at wide receiver. DT would offer experience behind that trio, where Braxton Berrios and Vyncint Smith currently sit.

Thomas tallied more than 9,000 yards across nine seasons with the Broncos. Now, he’s on the back nine of his career. After his time with the Texans, Thomas hooked on with the Patriots. Before the 2019 season started, the Patriots pulled off a rare intra-divisional trade, sending Thomas to the Jets for a sixth-round pick. The four-time Pro Bowler had 36 catches for 433 yards and one touchdown for Gang Green.

If Thomas returns to the Jets, or hooks on with another club, he’ll have an opportunity to crack 10,000 career receiving yards. Currently, Thomas has 9,763.

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Latest On Adam Gase, Jamal Adams

Jets safety Jamal Adams formally requested a trade last week, and since then, the already lengthy saga took another couple of turns. For instance, we learned that Adams may be seeking an extension worth upwards of $20MM per year, and that his relationship with head coach Adam Gase is one of the reasons why he wants out.

Adams, among other Jets players, reportedly do not “trust” Gase and are skeptical of his leadership abilities. Offensive lineman Alex Lewis, however, took to Instagram to defend his HC.

“I have mad respect for Coach Gase,” Lewis wrote. “We are building a winning culture and mentality from the top down. I believe in this staff, this organization, and most importantly my teammates.” 

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News was the one who reported the animosity that Adams and his teammates feel towards Gase, and Lewis addressed Mehta directly.

“I felt like all of this needed to be said on the heels of reading Manish Mehta’s article lumping all players in one mindset disparaging the head coach,” Lewis continued. “You (Mehta) don’t speak for the locker room or myself. You got no place in the locker room if you are going to overgeneralize all players. Manish you are a poison to this team.” 

Regardless of how he is perceived by his team, plenty of folks outside of the Jets’ locker room are also unsure about Gase’s viability as a head coach, but he remains at the helm for now. Gase was asked today about his relationship with Adams, and he had nothing but good things to say.

“My relationship with Jamal has been good since the time I’ve gotten here,” Gase said (via Brian Costello of the New York Post). … “To me, we’ve always gotten along well. There’s been a lot of dialogue between us, especially about on and off the field type topics.”

Gase confirmed that he wants Adams to stay with the Jets, though he did not say whether the team is amenable to giving him the extension he wants before the season starts. He did, however, talk about Adams as a player.

“He’s been one of our best players and most consistent guys that we had last year,” the 42-year-old HC said. “I covered a lot of this at the end of the season, the value that he brings to this team and what he does on not only game day but in practice. This is the tough part of the business. It’s something that we’ve got to keep working through.”

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Gregg Williams Backs Jamal Adams

Jets safety Jamal Adams has submitted a trade request and may well have issues with Adam Gase — months after voicing frustration with GM Joe Douglas listening to offers at last year’s trade deadline. However, Jets DC Gregg Williams came to the All-Pro’s defense Thursday.

The second-year Jets defensive boss added that he wants Adams to “feel good about being here.” Given the events of the past eight months, that will take some doing. Here is the latest from the AFC:

  • Were the Jets to trade Adams, they do have rookie third-rounder Ashtyn Davis as a candidate to replace him alongside contract-year starter Marcus Maye, Connor Hughes of The Athletic notes (subscription required). The Jets were also interested in Tony Jefferson before he signed with the Ravens in 2017 and a month before they drafted Adams. Jefferson is back in free agency after Baltimore released him earlier this year. Eric Reid also remains unsigned, providing some options if the Jets seriously entertain trading their top player.

Jets Sign OT Cameron Clark

The Jets have signed fourth-round offensive tackle Cameron Clark, according to Brian Costello of the New York Post (on Twitter). Per the terms of his slot, Clark will get about $4MM on his four-year deal.

The Charlotte product didn’t come with as much hype as No. 11 overall pick Mekhi Becton, but the Jets believe that he may also have a bright future as a pro. Another plus: Clark and Becton have already worked together.

Me and Mekhi, we trained together at MJP in Dallas,” Clark said earlier this year (via the team website). “We got real close in the combine process, even at the combine, post-combine. I was definitely excited about joining him up there with the Jets. Mekhi’s a heck of a player. He’s nasty, he loves finishing blocks. I feel like both of us have that in our game. I’m excited to see what we can do.”

Clark, who stands at 6’4″ and weighs over 300 pounds, was a three-year starter in college. He’s only the third Jets draft pick to sign, so GM Joe Douglas still has some work ahead of him. Here’s the rundown, via PFR’s tracker:

1-11: Mekhi Becton, T (Louisville)
2-59: Denzel Mims, WR (Baylor): Signed
3-68: Ashtyn Davis, S (California)
3-79: Jabari Zuniga, DE (Florida)
4-120: Lamical Perine, RB (Florida)
4-125: James Morgan, QB (Florida International)
4-129: Cameron Clark, OT (Charlotte): Signed
5-158: Bryce Hall, CB (Virginia): Signed
6-191: Braden Mann, P (Texas A&M)

Adam Gase A Factor In Jamal Adams’ Trade Request?

The trade request Jamal Adams submitted may not be entirely a financial matter. Adam Gase serves as a “major factor” in the All-Pro safety’s desire to leave the Jets, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News (on Twitter).

Although Gase was hired just last year, he loomed briefly as a hot-seat occupant after the Jets’ poor start. While Gang Green decided to keep him, with Gase ally Joe Douglas having been hired as GM, this has not been a smooth ride. Other Jets have taken issue with the team’s new head coach, Mehta tweets.

A lack of trust and a skepticism toward his leadership ability reside at the root of certain Jets’ problems with their head coach, Mehta adds. Adams no longer wishes to be part of a Jets turnaround and seeks a team with a more stable leadership structure compared to what the Jets have in place, per Mehta.

Reports of friction between Gase and former Jets GM Mike Maccagnan spawned quickly after the franchise paired the two, and an icy draft followed with minimal Gase input. The second-year Jets HC also took issue with the team’s Le’Veon Bell signing and was believed to frequently voice his frustrations about the running back during the season.

This marks the first report linking Gase to Adams’ desire to be traded, but it adds another layer to a quickly developing saga. The Jets have not responded to Adams’ trade request and have leverage because of the defender’s contract running through 2021. Adams took issue with Douglas listening to offers for him last year, and the then-third-year safety said he’d voiced a desire to be a long-term Jet with both Gase and Douglas before those trade talks surfaced. Issues with Jets management continue eight months later.

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Extra Points: Patriots, Jets, Carson

Denard Robinson is back in the NFL, this time as a coach. ESPN’s Field Yates reports (via Twitter) that the Jaguars have hired Robinson as an offensive quality control coach.

Following a standout career as Michigan’s quarterback, Robinson was selected by the Jaguars in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. The organization ended up transitioning him into a running back, and he ultimately spent four seasons with Jacksonville. His best season came in 2014, when he had 706 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns.

The 29-year-old spent the 2019 season as an offensive analyst for the Jacksonville University football team.

Let’s check out some more notes from around the NFL…

  • While the Patriots would presumably like to sign Joe Thuney to an extension, ESPN’s Mike Reiss opines that the offensive lineman will end up playing next season on the franchise tag. As Reiss explains, Thuney has the leverage in negotiations, as he should be more-than-satisfied with his current one-year, $14.78MM deal. The reporter could see a scenario where the lineman signs a two-year deal that would buy the Patriots a bit of cap space for 2020, and Reiss believes that’s more realistic than Thuney getting traded or signing a long-term pact.
  • While Jamal Adams may already be saying farewell to some of his teammates, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport believes the Jets will “stand pat” and let the situation play out (Twitter link). The safety has two years remaining on his contract, and that’s part of the reason why New York hadn’t felt any urgency in signing the former first-rounder to an extension.
  • Seahawks running back Chris Carson has signed with Octagon Football for representation, tweets Liz Mullen of Sports Business Daily. “From our perspective, he’s an elite running back in this league,” said agent Casey Muir. After averaging 1,190 rushing yards and eight touchdowns between the 2018 and 2019 seasons, Carson is set to hit free agency following the 2020 campaign.