The sensational young safety would put what appears to be a vastly improved Arizona Cardinals defensive unit over the top
It would be hard to argue with the fact that the Arizona Cardinals defense cost the squad a few wins last season. Realizing that there was a problem, the club’s front office made improving the group their main priority this offseason. Several talented players were added to the mix, but there’s one more defender out there who would quite possibly put the Cards defensive unit over the top.
According to reports, New York Jets safety Jamal Adams wants out of the “Big Apple”. The sixth-overall selection of the 2017 draft has been phenomenal in three consecutive seasons, and has not yet entered the prime of his career. Would Arizona have interest in acquiring the incredibly talented Adams?
Obviously, that’s a silly question. What organization wouldn’t want a young, two-time Pro Bowler roaming their secondary? Unfortunately, there are drawbacks to a union between the Cardinals and the 24-year old Adams.
First and foremost is the financial part of the equation. Adams wants to be paid handsomely by any franchise that acquires him. The Cards have very little salary-cap space remaining, so general manager Steve Keim would have to do some savvy maneuvering to land the highly-coveted defensive back.
Money isn’t the only obstacle standing in the way of Adams coming to the desert. The 6’1, 213 pounder gave New York a list of seven teams he’d like to be traded to, and Arizona wasn’t one of them. The former LSU product’s preferred destinations include the Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.
Adams has racked up some eye-popping statistics since he entered the league back in ’17. Last fall, the Texas native tallied 75 tackles, 6.5 sacks, seven passes defensed, an interception and 13 quarterback hits in 14 starts for the Jets. In 46 pro appearances, Adams has recorded 273 tackles, 12 sacks, two picks, 25 pass breakups and six forced fumbles.
It’s unlikely that Adams will be donning a Cardinals uniform in 2020. There may be a minor acquisition or two during the next couple of months, but the roster is pretty much set at this point. One thing’s for sure, a safety duo featuring Adams and the outstanding Budda Baker would surely rank as one of the NFL’s best.