Jamal Adams begged the Jets to add more talent to their roster next season. The team’s decision-makers say they heard him.
After Sunday’s 38-3 loss in the season finale to the Patriots, the second-year safety said the Jets need more “dawgs” on their roster. He added they need to sign some “big-time players.”
“Jamal and I had a long conversation,” general manager Mike Maccagnan said. “I think Jamal is very passionate. He’s definitely one of our younger leaders on our team. But I also think after talking to him that we share the same vision and we share the same goal.”
Maccagnan said he would take Adams up on his offer to recruit free agents this year.
Jets CEO Christopher Johnson also spoke to Adams on Monday.
“I love Jamal,” Johnson said. “I spoke to him for about a half an hour today. He’s one of my favorite humans. Who wouldn’t want more talent? But I don’t think that’s the entire answer. I think we had some pretty good talent on this team already. We should have done better in the win-loss column. But I certainly appreciate his comments.”
Johnson shot down a report last week that the Jets were interested in Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh. He was not as emphatic Monday, saying he did not want to talk about any specific candidates, but reiterated the Pro Football Talk report of the Jets’ interest was wrong.
“Nobody’s excluded,” he said. “That was just a false report. I rather took exception to it being a completely false report.”
When asked specifically about Harbaugh, he said he would not address any potential candidates.
The Patriots just won the AFC East for the 10th straight year. Johnson was asked if he is tired of chasing Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.
“It keeps me up at night,” he said.
The five-year, $72.5 million contract the Jets gave Trumaine Johnson is not looking too good after Year 1. Johnson was benched Sunday after showing up late to practice last week. Maccagnan, who gave Johnson that contract, talked things over with the cornerback Monday.
“I had a long conversation with Trumaine,” Maccagnan said. “I think he’s done some good things this year. He had some stretches where he actually played well. He was injured, which was by no fault of his own. He’s given up some longer plays. What happened at the end of the season was extremely disappointing, and I told him that, and we’re going to deal with that going forward. I think there were some good things that he did, which obviously have value, but in the end, I told him we have high expectations for him.”
Many people thought Todd Bowles should have been fired weeks ago. Johnson explained why he waited.
“Our locker room really held together,” he said. “The players were fighting to the end. They were playing hard. It just didn’t seem like it was the wise choice to end things any earlier than I did.”