Ike Reese: Jamal Adams 'not worth' it for Eagles

Jon Marks & Ike Reese
June 24, 2020 - 11:43 am
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One of the NFL's best safeties, if not the best, Jamal Adams has requested a trade and one of the teams he'd like to play for is the Eagles

So that begs the question, should Howie Roseman go out and acquire the 24-year-old two-time Pro Bowl safety. And while most fans would are usually eager to for their favorite to team to go get a star player, 94WIP's Ike Reese, however, says hold up. 

"If you think the Jets are gonna give away Jamal Adams for a bag of balls you're crazy," Reese said this week on the 94WIP Marks & Reese Show. 

"Jamal Adams is a good player," Reese continued. "He's not worth giving up high draft picks and signing to a long-term deal. There is a cause and effect here, right? You trade for him, it's gonna cost you a lot to trade for him in draft capital and then you're gonna be locked into him because of what you gave up to get him, you're gonna have to re-sign him. There isn't just one, let me swap out Rasul Douglas for Jamal Adams and we just keep it moving. No! He wants a new deal that is gonna make him the highest paid safety in the history of the game. The Eagles aren't gonna do that. Let's see, they wouldn't do it for Jalen Ramsey, they wouldn't do it for Yannick Ngakoue, but they're gonna do it for Jamal Adams?"

Reese explained how the Eagles already invested a ton this offseason on defense, signing big name players in DT Javon Hargrave and CB Darius Slay, and spending more big money at yet another position isn't smart spending. 

"They went out and drafted a safety (K'Von Wallace)," Reese said. "I don't know how many guys they brought in, in the secondary, this offseason. Now I'm gonna turn around, give up more draft capital to bring in another guy? They allocated money in the front four. There's a lot of money up front. Then they went out and allocated money at the cornerback position, plus draft picks. It's not smart spending and smart use of your salary cap, if you need to spend that type of money at every level."

Adams, 6-foot-1, 213 pounds, has totals 273 tackles, 12 sacks, six forced fumbles and two interceptions in three seasons (46 games) for the Jets. He reportedly wants to be paid like the top safety in the league, and that will mean a deal worth around $15 million per year. That is going to be an issue for the Eagles, who have $24 million in cap space currently, but are projected to be $50 million over the cap in 2021. There is also the possibility that $50 million hole gets even deeper if the salary cap drops due to fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Adams has a cap hit of $7 million in 2020, and then his fifth-year option in 2021 is just over $9 million.