Jamal Adams has formally requested to be traded by the New York Jets. Undoubtedly there will be many potential suitors calling general manager Joe Douglas to get a feel for what it might take to acquire the first-team All-Pro safety. In this article, we will be taking a look at the pros and cons of the Baltimore Ravens trading for Jamal Adams and what a trade might cost.
Pros of a Trade for Jamal Adams
There are many pros for Ravens’ general manager Eric DeCosta to consider if the Ravens were to trade for Jamal Adams. However, for the sake of keeping this article on the shorter side, we will focus on just three. The biggest pro is that he would certainly provide an upgrade to the Ravens’ pass rush. In addition to that, Adams has reportedly expressed interest in joining the Ravens. Finally, Adams would be a good team fit.
Boost to Pass Rush
Adams would be a great addition to an already outstanding secondary. The Ravens could certainly use his ability to rush the passer. In just 14 games for the Jets in 2019, Adams logged 6.5 sacks, 13 quarterback hits, and 16 pressures on 90 blitzes. Having someone that can rush the passer without compromising the Ravens’ ability to cover on pass plays would take this defense to another level. The Ravens can take advantage of Adams’ instincts and athleticism to blow up screens or force errant throws. Additionally, Adams possesses the hands to create turnovers himself. Tapping into this potential could make this defense as fun to watch as the Lamar Jackson led offense is.
Mutual interest can be a significant factor in getting a deal done. This is certainly necessary to consider in touchy trade situations like these. Many teams would not want to risk trading for Adams if he has no interest in signing a contract extension with them as the cost to acquire him will be steep. With Adams expressing interest in joining the Ravens, this is a problem that the Ravens likely wouldn’t have to worry about.
It would be hard to argue that Jamal Adams wouldn’t be a great fit in Baltimore. He is physical, fast, intelligent, and a hard hitter, which are all perfect traits for the AFC North. Defensive coordinator Wink Martindale would be able to dream up many different sub-packages that would maximize Adams’ abilities. Adams would also be a very welcomed presence in the locker room. His leadership and attitude would fit in perfectly with what the Ravens already have going on.
Cons of a Trade for Jamal Adams
Just like the pros, there are many cons that the Ravens need to consider, but we will focus on only three. The biggest drawback of acquiring Adams has to be the cost of acquiring him. After that, the price to keep him in the future will be very high. Finally, the next biggest con is the crowded secondary that the Ravens already possess.
Cost of the Trade
There is no doubt that the cost of acquiring Jamal Adams is high. The Jets are reportedly seeking 2021 first-round and third-round picks. However, it would be safe to assume they are looking to receive those picks from a team expecting to be picking in the top half of the round. For that reason, the Ravens would likely need to add another pick, upgrade the third to a second, or add a player to sweeten the deal.
None of these options would be ideal for the Ravens. The Ravens currently only have seven draft picks in 2021. Therefore, parting ways with three of them, or even just the first two, would leave the Ravens with a small pool of players to select from in 2021. Undoubtedly that is a situation the Ravens would like to avoid if they can help it, and they can certainly help it when it comes to this.
Price of Keeping Adams in the Future
Jamal Adams has just two years left on his rookie contract. With that in mind, the Ravens would be putting themselves into a situation where they have to either pay him or let him go in free agency after acquiring him for a high cost. If the Ravens were to consider extending Adams, they would likely have to let another one of their homegrown talents walk in free agency.
With Matt Judon, Ronnie Stanley, Marlon Humphrey, Lamar Jackson, Orlando Brown Jr., and Mark Andrews also needing contract extensions in the next few years, it is hard to imagine the Ravens being able to add Adams to that mix. This is especially true when considering the high dollar amount that Adams will command. There is little doubt that Adams will be looking to become the highest-paid safety in the NFL when it comes time for his new contract. Considering the Ravens will likely have to pay Jackson, Stanley, Brown, Andrews, and Humphrey top dollar to keep them, it is safe to wonder if Adams might be out of the Ravens’ price range.
The Ravens currently possess the best secondary in the entire NFL. At cornerback, the Ravens have Marlon Humphrey, Marcus Peters, Tavon Young, and Jimmy Smith. At safety, the Ravens have Earl Thomas, Chuck Clark, and Anthony Levine. If the Ravens were to acquire Adams without subtracting one of these players, there would not be a lot of playing time to go around. While this could be viewed as an excellent problem to have, the lack of playing time might cause issues down the road.
Should the Ravens Go for It?
The Ravens absolutely should not try to trade for Jamal Adams. While he would certainly provide a boost to their pass rush, and the team as a whole, his cost is just too high. The cost of acquiring Adams would be a hard pill to swallow. In addition to that, the cost of keeping Adams in the future may be too great when considering the other talent Baltimore will be looking to extend in the coming years. Adams would most definitely be a welcomed addition to the Ravens’ locker room. However, his cost would not be welcomed. With that in mind, the Ravens should be out on trading for Jamal Adams.
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