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Jamal Adams: I hold myself in same regard as Aaron Donald, Tom Brady

Jets safety Jamal Adams celebrates after he intercepted

Jets safety Jamal Adams celebrates after he intercepted a pass for a touchdown in the second half against the Patriots on Sept. 22 in Foxborough, Mass. Credit: AP/Steven Senne

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Jamal Adams feels betrayed that the Jets listened to trade offers for him. The emotional safety put himself in the class of Tom Brady and Aaron Donald, and said the Jets should consider him untouchable, and he is not ready to speak to team officials.

Adams also revealed that when he was “on the verge to be traded” to the Cowboys, he expressed to his friend, ESPN analyst Ryan Clark, that he would “love to go to Dallas.”

The Adams era could be in its final few months unless he and general manager Joe Douglas and coach Adam Gase can hash things out. But Adams isn’t sure if they can.

“It needs to be a talk when I’m ready,” Adams said Wednesday. “Can I say it’s going to fix it? I don’t know. I don’t know how they’re feeling about everything.”

Adams spoke for nearly 14 minutes and said multiple times he’s excited to still be a Jet. But he also said several times he was “hurt” that he was “being shopped” after telling Douglas and Gase in a private conversation last week that he wanted to remain a Jet.

On Tuesday, Adams tweeted “the GM went behind my back.” His news conference was that tweet on steroids.

“I heard that I was being shopped Monday,” Adams said. “That’s the shocking thing, that’s the part that hurts the most. The meeting went well. We were on the same page. But I guess they thought something different when the time came.”

Douglas said he wasn’t actively shopping Adams before Tuesday’s trade deadline. But he was getting calls on Adams, Le’Veon Bell and Robby Anderson, among other Jets.

Adams, a Pro Bowl safety and team captain, believes Douglas never should have entertained those calls.

“I didn’t take that lightly,” Adams said. “When my agent called me and he told me what was going on, it definitely hurt me. I hold myself at a high level. The Rams don’t take calls on Aaron Donald. The Patriots don’t take calls on Tom Brady. I hold myself in that regard.”

There is a big difference between Brady and Donald, and Adams, who is 10-29 in 2 ½ seasons with the Jets. But he obviously feels he’s a franchise cornerstone. The Jets feel that way too. But they’re 1-6 and Douglas has to take calls and see what he can do to improve this middling team.

Now Adams, 24, isn’t sure what his future holds or if the Jets want him to be a part of it. Adams seems to be paving the way for his departure.

Adams said Douglas and Gase approached him Wednesday, but he didn’t want to talk to them. He also sounded as if he lost trust in them.
 
“When you feel like you’re on the same page, when you have a meeting and then you’re told something different it sucks,” Adams said. “It’s definitely tough. It’s something I didn’t take lightly.”
 
I’m just not ready to talk,” Adams added. “Sometimes it’s best to let it cool down, and when you’re ready to talk and have a conversation, we definitely can and I believe we definitely will. I’m not ready to talk about it.
 
Gase wouldn’t address anything regarding Adams on Wednesday. He took a Bill Belichick like approach and said he’s only focused on getting ready to play the Dolphins on Sunday.
 
“Anything that we’ve been dealing with is going to be handled internally,” Gase said.
Adams said he heard from people he trusts on Monday that the Jets were open to trading him. He said he knew everything that was going on with the Cowboys because he’s close to Michael Irvin, and he told Clark that he would welcome going home to Dallas.
 
“[Clark] contacted me,” Adams said. “I found out that I was being shopped and I was on the verge of being traded. That was one of the teams that I told him I would love to go to — it was the Dallas Cowboys. I’m born and raised in Dallas. I found out everything, every little thing you can think of, Michael Irvin is like an uncle. I found out everything.”
 
Adams is under Jets control for the next two years, and they can extend him this offseason. But Adams isn’t certain if the Jets will or if that’s what he wants.
 
“I don’t know the future. I really don’t,” he said. “I’m excited to be a part of this organization. For the future, I don’t know. I really don’t. I thought I did, but I really don’t right now.”


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