Adam Gase cited Jamal Adams’ reluctance to remain a part of the New York Jets as one of the reasons behind his blockbuster trade to the Seattle Seahawks.
All-Pro safety Adams was shipped to the Seahawks on Saturday in a move which cost Seattle two first-round picks and defensive back Bradley McDougald.
While the haul the Jets recouped was significant, they gave away their best player of the past decade, and one who was under contract for at least the next two seasons.
However, Adams’ relationship with the Jets had been strained ever since his name did the rounds in trade rumours midway through the 2019 campaign, and he publicly took shots at both Gase and general manager Joe Douglas just a day before the move was announced.
Upon learning he had been dealt, Adams – who had requested a trade from the Jets this offseason having been frustrated at a lack of progress on contract talks – filmed himself smoking a cigar and Gase suggested his desire to leave was a motivating factor behind his departure.
“Every situation is different with every player. For us, we look at it as we want guys who want to be here,” Gase told reporters on a conference call.
“Obviously he didn’t want to be here anymore so the decision was made to move on.
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“It’s a team game. We’ve got a bunch of guys that are excited to get going and those are the guys that I’m going to focus on. I’m extremely fired up to get this roster that Joe D and our personnel guys did a great job of assembling this offseason.
“From the conversations I’ve had with a lot of guys, they’re extremely excited to get this thing rolling.”
Adams had suggested Gase, who led the Jets to a 7-9 record in his first year as head coach in 2019, was not “the right leader” for a franchise with a recent history of repeated woe.
Yet the Jets head coach elected not to bite back at Adams on Tuesday.
“We wish him nothing but the best,” Gase added.
“He was an incredible talent that I feel lucky enough to be around for that year. The whole situation ends up being a win-win for both sides.”