The Saints would have to give up quite a big, but would superstar Jets’ safety Jamal Adams be worth the franchise-changing bundle?
Jamal Adams may be the best safety in the league. For the Saints, and every other team in the league, the upside of adding a talent like Adams is clear. He’d be an instant improvement in the secondary.
For New Orleans, the team currently has no intents of trading for Adams who clearly doesn’t want to return to New York. Adams does want to head to a playoff team and didn’t label the Saints on his short-list of potential destinations.
However, he shouldn’t be against a trade to the Big Easy.
The Saints have won three straight NFC South titles and will likely make it a fourth this season. They do have players like Malcolm Jenkins and Marcus Williams, two above-average safeties that should perfectly complement each other.
Also, the Jets aren’t giving up on Adams, another brutal blow for his value. Once the Jets give up on the superstar playing out his contract, his value should decrease to a point where teams can put a bid on the table and it actually be accepted.
The 24-year-old former first-round pick wouldn’t be a horrific cap hit for the Saints. An unrestricted free agent in 2022, Adams also wouldn’t be a one-year rental, making his deal a little bit more team-friendly.
Adams, in his third season in the league, was incredible last season. He notched seven pass deflections, 6.5 sacks and 75 combined tackles. Playing and starting 14 games, Adams was both a Pro Bowler and an All-Pro. He’s that good, and he’s going to be that good for a decade to come.
With Williams still under 25 as well, the duo could team up in the Big Easy. Jenkins would take a backseat which is unlikely. It’s assumed Adams’ trade value is far too high for the Saints to even consider bringing him to New Orleans.
So, no, given their strength in the secondary and Adams’ trade value, the star safety wouldn’t be a worthwhile addition for this Saints roster.