C.J. Mosley Says Jets Trading Jamal Adams 'Would Be a Crazy Move'

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IIMay 10, 2020

New York Jets' Jamal Adams (33) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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New York Jets All-Pro safety Jamal Adams' 61 solo tackles, 13 quarterback hits and two forced fumbles led the team in 2019.

So, it's unsurprising that Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley is against trading Adams away.

"That would be a crazy move," Mosley told ESPN's Rich Cimini.

The 27-year-old continued:

"First of all, he's one of the leaders on the team. That's first and foremost. He brings that extra energy whether guys want it or not. Sometimes you might be tired or not feeling good, but as soon as he steps on the field, you're going to hear that voice and he'll be flying around. To have that presence in the secondary, a guy that can make plays in the passing game and also plays in the backfield—in the box—that's always exciting."

Adams was selected sixth overall by New York in the 2017 NFL draft. Since then, the 24-year-old LSU product has recorded two interceptions, six forced fumbles, 12 sacks—including a career-high 6.5 sacks last season—and 273 tackles (210 solo) across 46 regular-season starts.

Trade speculation swirled around Adams before the 2020 draft began on April 23.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported discord between Adams and the Jets surrounding long-term contract negotiations on April 24, but Jets general manager Joe Douglas confirmed that the team exercised his fifth-year option during an appearance with The Michael Kay Show on April 27 (h/t the New York Post's Brian Costello):

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

When the NFL’s voluntary virtual off-season program opens this month, Jets’ All-Pro safety Jamal Adams is not expected to participate, per league sources. The Jets have not expressed any official interest in extending Adams thus far in the off-season, per source.

Douglas added:

"He was a big reason I was excited about coming here. I feel this guy is a core player. ... The main goal that I'm trying to do right now is to surround him with like-minded players, because we know Jamal is a dog. We have to surround him with guys that play as hard as he does, that love football as much as he does and can match his intensity."

There were also rumors involving Adams and the Dallas Cowboys prior to last season's league trade deadline:

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Jamal Adams confirms that once he found out about a possible trade, he would've "loved to go to" the Cowboys: https://t.co/P3PFsCPyl1

Jamal Adams @Prez

At the end of the week last week, I sat down with the GM and Coach Gase and told them I want to be here in New York. I was told yesterday by my agent that the GM then went behind my back and shopped me around to teams, even after I asked him to keep me here! Crazy business.

Mosley signed a five-year, $85 million contract with the Jets in 2019 after playing the first five seasons of his professional career for the Baltimore Ravens. The 2014 first-round pick's first campaign in New York was limited to just two game appearances because of a groin injury that required season-ending surgery.

With Adams and Mosley returning for 2020, the Jets will look to improve upon their seventh-ranked unit.