New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas addresses the media after the NFL trade deadline comes and goes.
The NFL trade deadline has officially passed, with no “fire sale” from the New York Jets. Other than the one trade that sent Leonard Williams to the crosstown rival-New York Giants, Gang Green was pretty quiet. Reports had previously surfaced that they were open to dealing Le’Veon Bell, Jamal Adams and Robby Anderson.
Don’t get that confused with the term “shopping.” The Jets weren’t actively calling teams and trying to make moves with these players. They ultimately just fielded calls. General manager Joe Douglas made that clear when he addressed the media on Tuesday.
“There was no fire sale, there was no garage sale going on with these players,” he told reporters, per Robby Sabo of ESNY. “We value these guys a lot and ultimately the offers we got for these players didn’t equal the value that we had for them within this organization.”
Douglas added onto his “no shopping” declaration when he addressed the situation with Adams. The All-Pro safety claimed Douglas went behind his back to shop him to other teams, something he wasn’t happy with. Douglas thus denied this.
“We were not shopping any of those players that were talked about today,” he said. “You guys see Jamal every day — he wears the ‘C’ patch for a reason. The guy’s an absolute warrior, he’s the heartbeat of this team and this defense… He’s a mission-statement guy. When you talk about the traits you’re looking for, that’s Jamal.”
The Jets received a 2020 third-round pick and a 2021 fifth-round pick for Williams. Ironically, they’ll face him when the Jets take on the Giants in Week 10.