New York Jets safety Jamal Adams is targeting Antonio Brown, making good on his promise to recruit players to the team.
He told you he wants more dawgs on his team.
— Jamal Adams (@TheAdamsEra) January 2, 2019
Brown might be available after a drama-filled final week of the season with the Steelers. He reportedly got into a massive disagreement with Ben Roethlisberger, no-showed practice and meetings, and was scratched for the final game with what may or may not have been a knee injury. He also asked for, but didn’t demand, a trade out of Pittsburgh.
General manager Mike Maccagnan spoke about his plans to use his Pro Bowl safety to recruit players to the team, per Connor Hughes of The Athletic. Adams is hoping to get some star talent to the team with the $100 million in cap space they are expected to have for the new season.
Maccagnan said he had a “long” conversation with Jamal Adams after his comments yesterday. Said they share the same vision. Maccagnan said he’s going to use Adams to help recruit pro free agents
— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) December 31, 2018
Recruitment efforts aside, Brown has very little control over where he goes. He is under contract for three more seasons and would carry a dead cap hit of over $21 million should the Steelers cut him. Plus, being arguably the best receiver in the NFL, the Steelers know that they can get something for him in a trade as opposed to letting him go for nothing.
The Jets lack their second-round pick in the upcoming draft after moving up to get Sam Darnold, and would likely not want to move the third pick to acquire Brown given the drama surrounding him.
So despite Adams’ best efforts, it’s unlikely that Brown will be in the green and white next season.