After 26 video games, the New York Jets are finally beginning to see tangible outcomes from the Jamal Adams trade.
Rookie wideout Garrett Wilson, who the Jets chosen tenth general in 2022 with the second first-round decide they acquired from the Seattle Seahawks in the Adams deal, caught eight receptions for 102 yards and two touchdowns. His second rating additionally capped off a wild comeback win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 2.
Wilson’s efficiency and the subsequent victory for the Jets was maybe the first actual instance of the crew’s blockbuster trade resulting in a win since New York dealt their star security earlier than the 2020 season.
Let’s shortly recap the transfer: The Jets obtained a 2021 first-round decide, a 2021 third-round decide, a 2022 first-round decide and security Bradley McDougald, whereas the Seahawks obtained Adams and a 2022 fourth-round decide. And following this previous yr’s draft, the Jets ended up with two starters: guard Alijah Vera-Tucker and Wilson (the Jets used that 2021 third-rounder to trade as much as No. 14 to take Vera-Tucker). The Seahawks, in the meantime, have Adams and drafted rookie cornerback Coby Bryant with the Jets’ choice (who was coincidentally the faculty teammate of the Jets’ 2022 No. 4 general decide, Ahmad Gardner).
When he dealt Adams, Jets basic supervisor Joe Douglas known as the trade “a novel alternative to enhance our crew with a number of first-round picks in every of the subsequent two years and the flexibility to proceed to construct this crew for the future.” He did that with Vera-Tucker and Wilson, however solely now are the Jets finally seeing the outcomes of that transfer. Both appear like essential items for no matter Douglas and the Jets are constructing in New York.
Vera-Tucker had a stable rookie marketing campaign however appears a lot improved as a second-year participant. He’s the sixth-highest-rated guard based on Pro Football Focus by two weeks and the third-highest-rated run blocker. Vera-Tucker has some work to do in cross safety, although, after he allowed three pressures in every of the previous two video games.
Wilson, although, is the crown jewel. He entered the yr as the Jets’ third receiver behind Corey Davis and Elijah Moore however shortly established himself as the No. 1 possibility towards the Browns. His fluidity and pace had been touted previous to the draft and all the positives round him had been on show in his second profession recreation. The Jets nonetheless do not know what they’ve in quarterback Zach Wilson, however at the least the crew ought to really feel assured sufficient of their pass-catchers after the different Wilson’s breakout efficiency.
Now, the Seahawks did not misplaced this trade, per se. Adams was a Pro Bowler when he joined the crew in 2020 and is nonetheless thought-about considered one of the finest safeties in the NFL. But he is additionally been extremely damage susceptible for Seattle. By the finish of this yr, he’ll have performed in solely half of the Seahawks’ 50 video games over the previous three seasons after he suffered a torn quad in Week 1 that required season-ending surgical procedure. Seattle is additionally paying him the third-most cash of any security in the NFL, cash they might have spent elsewhere had they not additionally shipped three picks away for him.
Bryant, the Seahawks’ different acquisition in the trade, has not been excellent by his first two NFL video games. He’s allowed 5 receptions on six targets for 100 complete yards and one landing thus far this yr. But Bryant is only a rookie fourth-rounder. He has room to develop. His development additionally is not practically as essential as Adams’ impact on the crew. Although, Adams’ lack of ability to remain on the subject doesn’t essentially make him a optimistic addition, both.
Trade outcomes take some time to totally manifest, particularly when coping with first-round picks. And the early returns generally do not imply something.
Remember the Browns-Philadelphia Eagles trade for Carson Wentz in 2016? The Browns loved a boatload of picks they thought would reshape their future and the deal seemed like a slam-dunk for the Eagles in 2017 when Wentz led Philadelphia to an 11-2 file. Six years later, neither crew has seen a lot of something from that deal, with Wentz on his third crew and the Browns having blown most of their picks.
But for proper now, the pendulum for considered one of the greatest non-quarterback trades in the previous few years has swung again in the direction of the Jets, who now have two starters on rookie contracts whereas the Seahawks have an costly and injured security.