Adam Gase is saying all the right things.
Gase did not get into details on the team’s standoff with its star safety during a conference call with reporters Friday, but he made it clear he hopes Adams is a Jet this season.
“Yes, I want Jamal on our team,” Gase said when asked directly if he wants Adams to be a Jet in 2020.
“He’s been one of our best players and most consistent guys that we had last year,” Gase said. “I covered a lot of this at the end of the season, the value that he brings to this team and what he does on not only gameday but in practice. This is the tough part of the business. It’s something that we’ve got to keep working through.”
Gase also addressed his relationship with Adams after a report linked Adams’ desire to leave to a poor relationship with Gase.
"I mean, my relationship with Jamal has been good since the time that I've gotten here and we've had a lot of discussions throughout the season trying to figure out ways to win," Gase said, via SNY, "and, to me, I just — we've always gotten along well and there's been a lot of dialogue between us, especially about on- and off-the-field-type topics."
Not so sure if there relationship is a strong as he thinks:
Adams has two more years remaining on his contract, so the Jets could play hardball and just do nothing. He is due to make $3.5 million this season, a far cry from what the top safeties in the league make.
Gase won't be around forever, especially if star players are citing him as the reason they want out.
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