Good news, Dolphins fans! Talented safety Jamal Adams has officially requested a trade from the New York Jets! But don’t get your hopes up, Miami — Adams reportedly has a shortlist of desired destinations and the Dolphins didn’t make the cut. The Adams-Jets saga is quickly accelerating, starting as a spark at the 2019 NFL trade deadline and quickly snowballing into yesterday’s formal request for a trade as the two sides can’t quite seem to find any common ground on a potential extension.
The turn is stunning, as Adams said as recently as November of 2019 that he hoped to be a ‘Jet for life’. Consider that sentiment as good as gone.
While the Dolphins did not make Adams’ shortlist, several teams that would benefit the Dolphins did.
What is the best case scenario for Miami? That Adams is dealt to the NFC, where he’ll be the Dolphins’ problem once every four years (unless, of course, a Super Bowl run is in the cards for the Dolphins over the next four seasons). Two key landing spots are on Adams’ list: both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys. What makes these two destinations so appealing for Miami?
The Dolphins played both teams in 2019, which means they won’t come back around on the Dolphins’ schedule as NFC East teams until 2023. Yes, please.
If the Dolphins can’t get a crack at Adams, it’s understandable. Trading your best player to a divisional rival would be a questionable move to say the least, so any potential offer from the Dolphins would need to be on a whole different level than everyone else’s offers in order to garner serious consideration from the Jets. Miami, while they could certainly showcase Adams well with Brian Flores, is not a team that is one player away.
And so instead, Dolphins fans, dial in on those NFC destinations and hope for the best. It’s hard to imagine this saga reversing course now that we’ve made it this far.