Packers fans can forget about a trade for Jamal Adams.
The New York Jets safety is already a two-time All-Pro and two-time Pro Bowler, and he’s still only 24 years old and now entering his fourth season in the NFL.
ESPN’s Rich Cimini reported this week that Adams has informed the Jets he wants to be traded.
Don’t expect Packers to trade for Adams
First of all, there’s a possibility the Jets won’t trade Adams at all. He is under contract for another two seasons after the Jets picked up Adams’ fifth-year option earlier this offseason. They would then have the option to use the franchise tag after the 2021 season.
If the Jets don’t want to trade him, they don’t have to at this point.
But even if they listen to offers, it’s unlikely the Packers would be able to compete with other teams.
The Packers don’t have enough cap room to give him a new deal. According to Over The Cap, Green Bay has $13.87 million in cap room currently. With possible new deals for David Bakhtiari, Kenny Clark, Aaron Jones, and a long list of upcoming free agents likely to come over the next year, trading for Adams and then giving him a new deal would be close to impossible.
Then there’s also the question of what the Jets would ask for in return in a trade. Would the Packers be able to compete with every other interested team? It’s unlikely.
If general manager Brian Gutekunst is open to trading for a star player, he should consider the options available at wide receiver or inside linebacker.
Adams would be an incredible addition to Mike Pettine’s defense. But with the cap hit concerns and what Green Bay would need to give up in a trade, we can safely assume the All-Pro safety won’t be traded to the Packers anytime soon.