Jamal Adams will take the ego boost for now.
He still wants a salary bump soon.
Responding to Jets general manager Joe Douglas’ remark last week at the NFL Scouting Combine that he wants to make Adams a “Jet for life,” Adams appreciated the public show of commitment as contract extension negotiations continue.
“I feel good,” Adams said on NFL Network. “It gives me confidence going into next season. But we’ll see where everything ends.”
Adams was part of the Sunday broadcast of defensive backs going through drills at the combine. He was interviewed by Deion Sanders, who joked, “You know that means they are going to get rid of you when they say that, right?”
Sanders, Adams and NFL Network host Rich Eisen — a Jets fan — shared a laugh. Somewhere, Odell Beckham Jr. probably is shaking his head after his experience with the Giants and possible déjà vu in store with the Browns.
“It’s a business,” Adams said. “I understand.”
Adams, 24, was named first-team All-Pro in 2019 and made his second Pro Bowl in three seasons. This is the first offseason he is eligible for a contract extension.
What separates him from the pack?
“It starts with your mindset,” Adams said. “When you put the mindset together with the skills and the swagger and bring that energy, coaches want to see that. They want to see you having fun. They don’t want to see you uptight.”
The Jets could have three more years of team control — final year of rookie deal, fifth-year team option and franchise tag — before free agency. But Adams, who is set to earn $3.5 million in 2020, is seeking a new deal, and the top of the safety market soon will be $15 million per year.
Adams is the only safety drafted in the top 10 picks of the first round since Eric Berry in 2010. Grant Delpit, another LSU product, might be the first safety off the board this year.
“He’s definitely the standard,” Delpit said of Adams, “so we’re trying to chase him.”