Adam Gase cited Jamal Adams’ reluctance to remain a part of the New York Jets as the primary reason behind his blockbuster trade to the Seattle Seahawks.
Adams, an All-Pro safety, was shipped to the Seahawks on Saturday along with a fourth-round draft pick in a move that cost Seattle two first-round picks, a third-round selection 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.
But Adams’ relationship with the Jets had been strained, 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.
“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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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.”