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No surprise he got this exclusive . . .
Talking about Manish Mehta who got an exclusive interview yesterday with disgruntled Jets safety Jamal Adams.
Mehta has been in the corner of Adams all off-season, and he got rewarded.
Adams went after Adam Gase and Joe Douglas big-time in Mehta’s article today.
In the tease to the story on Twitter, Mehta wrote: “An inexperienced GM, an absentee head coach and a web of bizarre broken promises that fractured trust between the Jets and their All-Pro safety.”
So let’s get this straight, one of the reasons Adams didn’t get an extension or trade this off-season is because Douglas is “an experienced GM?” So an experienced GM would break the bank on a box safety after three years when he has two years left on his contract? Find me that guy.
This smear job by Adams is yet another attempt by the safety to shoot his way out of the building. He has tried almost everything else.
“The only thing he hasn’t done is take the Jets Super Bowl 3 Trophy and dragged it around the parking lot,” said former NFL GM Mike Lombardi. “He’s done everything in his power to get out of there.”
Lombardi has some advice for Douglas.
“Just ignore him,” said Lombardi, who last worked in the New England Patriots personnel department and is now at VISN. “Joe Douglas is ignoring it. Let’s him spout off. Guy had seven passes defended last year and one interception, okay. He’s a safety. He’s a dominant run player. Don’t make any mistake about it. He doesn’t cover anybody. Stop. Please. enough.”
Adams loved Mehta’s story, and tweeted a link to the story:
“This is the REAL story on why I asked for a trade. Luv!” tweeted Adams.
Lombardi, and his co-host on VISN, Patrick Meagher, had some strong words for the Mehta-Adams relationship.
“Manish, the Mouth Piece,” Meagher said.
“And he’s got Manish Mehta the Daily News writer as a platform,” Lombardi said. “Manish basically should be a PR (guy) for him.”
The irony of the Adams-Mehta relationship is the safety used to dislike the writer.
The bottom line is this story should not change anything.
The Jets should try to trade Adams, but not give him away.
Like when the Detroit Lions traded disgruntled cornerback Darius Slay to the Philadelphia Eagles this off-season for third- and fifth-round picks in the 2020 draft. Slay didn’t get along with Lions coach Matt Patricia, so he was traded, but you can’t give players away just because they dislike the coach.
You still have to hold your ground for the right value.
Adams is now playing the Gase card hard, clearly knowing that the coach isn’t particularly popular with many fans.
But as we have asked before, where was this angle the first few months of the contract dispute?
Adams has been complaining about his situation since February, and his supposed dislike for Gase didn’t come out until late June (and then continue this week).
It was common knowledge Slay didn’t like Patricia all last season.
It almost seemed like Adams camp played the Gase card, after the other salvos didn’t seem to work.
Honestly, if the coach is the main reason a player wanted out, why would he or his agent, wait until late June, to leak to Mehta that Gase in the reason?
July 24, 2020
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