New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) reacts during the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J.
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New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas was once again forced to address trade rumors surrounding star safety Jamal Adams.

New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas held his pre-draft press conference on Monday. According to Connor Hughes of The Athletic, Douglas addressed the elephant in the room—Jamal Adams.

Douglas repeated what he said in February. He wants to make Jamal Adams a Jet for life, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t going to do his job. Taking calls and listening to offers is part of his job, not a means of putting a player on the block. He reiterated during his Monday conference call.

Joe Douglas is flexible like any good general manager is. That doesn’t mean he’s looking to dump the elite talent on his roster. It’s his job to make sure that he does whatever is best for the team. If that means someone wants to wildly overpay for Adams in a trade, that’s something he has to consider. It doesn’t mean he’s down on Adams in any way.

In fact, Hughes reports that Douglas told the media that he plans to talk with Adams after the 2020 NFL Draft.

A Jamal Adams trade still remains very unlikely. He’s not likely to be traded before the draft, and if that doesn’t happen, he’ll likely be on the team throughout the year. It’s rare for teams to move elite talent after the draft, as the options in a trade become limited.

The whole narrative around a potential Adams trade seems to be media created. At least, that’s what Joe Douglas is telling anyone who will listen.

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