Should Philadelphia Trade for Jamal Adams

Should Philadelphia Trade for Jamal Adams?

  • 2020 NFL Season
  • Jamal Adams
  • New York Jets
  • NFL
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Rasul Douglas
  • Safety
  • Trade Rumors
  • Zach Ertz
By Anthony Miller June 24, 2020 0 Comment

Jamal Adams wants to leave the New York Jets and the Philadelphia Eagles are on the wish list, but should the Eagles make the move?

Jamal Adams announced on Instagram last week that it was time to “move on” from the Jets. Shortly after the post, Rich Cimini reported Adams demanded a trade.

Adam Schefter returned with a report stating that Adams has a list of at least seven teams that he would be interested in playing for. One of those teams was the Philadelphia Eagles.

Breaking Down The Eagles Current Situation at Safety

There are many components to think about in regard to Adams potentially joining Philadelphia in a trade.

He is a great fit for the Eagles defense. The Eagles could use another safety after the departure of Malcolm Jenkins. Philadelphia is left with Rodney McLeod as the returning starter. Jalen Mills is expected to move to the other safety position to replace Jenkins.

On the bench, Will Parks has proven to be a reliable role player that will see playing time. Fourth-round pick K’Von Wallace could play a role on special teams as well as be a rotational player in the lineup. Rudy Ford was also a special teams player but might have to fight for a roster spot with or without Adams.

Potential Trades to Bring Adams to Philadelphia

Here is where things get fun for Philadelphia. There are options to choose from on both sides of the ball to land Adams.

Zach Ertz has been a name brought up multiple times to being trade bait. His contract is larger than Dallas Goedert’s which could financially help the Eagles with their future salary cap issues. Ertz is a top-five tight end who possesses reliable hands, underrated blocking skills and top-notch route running. The Jets would be ecstatic to land an elite tight end to help Sam Darnold out. They do say a young quarterback’s security blanket is their tight end.

The other route they could take is to trade Rasul Douglas. His coverage skills have improved over the last three seasons with the team.

The San Francisco 49ers were close in landing Douglas during the offseason, but couldn’t agree on a deal. New York let Turmaine Johnson become a free agent after struggling in his short time with the team. The Jets could use some help at cornerback more than safety.

Philadelphia must also consider that they will have to give up some high draft picks for Adams. Most likely, a first-round pick in 2021, another day two pick and one of the players previously mentioned. Eagles general manager Howie Roseman will have to decide if trading future picks is worth it for Adams.

Should Philadelphia Make the Trade?

The good thing about this trade is that it isn’t a risk in terms of play on the field. Adams has already proven in three seasons to be one of the top safeties in the league. He’s been to the Pro Bowl each of the last two years and was a First-Team All-Pro in 2019. Adams is the real deal.

Philadelphia has to consider their salary cap issues as the team will be $50 million over the cap next season. Where is the team going to find the funds to sign Adams to a long term deal after the season? They would have to make multiple moves to try to pay for Adams which doesn’t seem to make sense.

Adams is a terrific player who will instantly improve any defense, but Philadelphia needs to focus on other things. Specifically, they have to figure out how to replace guard Brandon Brooks after his Achilles injury last week.

At this point, this is not the right trade for them.

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