Houston Texans: Potentially acquiring Jamal Adams elevates defense

Jamal Adams, Houston Texans(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Jamal Adams, Houston Texans(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

There exists the opportunity for the Houston Texans among other NFL teams to land New York Jets Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams with his expected holdout.

The Houston Texans should inquire about New York Jets Pro Bowl defensive back Jamal Adams. The two time Pro Bowler is going out of his way to skip the virtual offseason program with the Jets still not offering him a contract extension according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Schefter reported the Jets were gauging Adams market at the previous trade deadline and they could start again before the beginning of the draft this Thursday.

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With the defense needing reinforcements heading into the 2020 season, a defensive back of his caliber could shift the identity of any secondary. Adams has been one of the unique game-changing players at safety since he was selected sixth overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Jets safety has 273 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, 25 pass deflections, 12 sacks, six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and two interceptions in only his first three years in the league.

Although it’s an outside shot the Jets want to let a player like that walk out the door, they would be willing to listen if the Texans offer a godfather-like deal. Adams would more than likely be better than any player the Texans land in this draft, so offering a bounty of picks this year wouldn’t hurt. The real only downside would be the Texans would have to work on a new deal before Adams touches the field to prevent surrendering all the leverage similar to the Laremy Tunsil situation the Texans are currently experiencing.

It would be tough to make the salary cap work down the road with several important contracts like Deshaun Watson’s due in the near future. However, Adams would still be on the fourth year on his rookie-scale contract this upcoming season and the Texans could potentially have the fifth-year option available as a former first-round pick.

It will take two to tango without the Texans being able to offer a first-round in the next two years because of the Tunsil trade, but it would be an entertaining scenario for Adams to return to the state where he grew up and played his high school football before playing his college football in  LSU.

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Who knows? If the Texans aren’t able to work out a deal with the Jets, maybe they can become players in free agency down the road if Adams is given the chance to sign elsewhere.