The Tampa Bay Buccaneers should make a trade for Jamal Adams.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are all-in on the 2020 season after signing Tom Brady and trading for Rob Gronkowski, so why not make a deal for New York Jets safety Jamal Adams?
According to ESPN’s Ryan Clark, the Buccaneers are one of eight teams Adams would like to play for in the next chapter of his NFL career, which apparently doesn’t include the New York Jets.
The other teams on Adams’ preferred trade list are pretty much all of this year’s top Super Bowl contenders around the NFL, as well as the league’s Texas teams:
- Baltimore Ravens
- Seattle Seahawks
- Houston Texans
- Dallas Cowboys
- Philadelphia Eagles
- San Francisco 49ers
- Kansas City Chiefs
A number of those teams could make sense and the Cowboys probably make the most sense from a need perspective and the fact that they tried trading for Adams last season, but the Buccaneers should make a strong push.
Although the Bucs are not without needs, they are all-in on the 2020 season with Tom Brady as their quarterback. Their first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft should be somewhere in the 18-32 range (depending on how well everything goes) and probably isn’t going to make as big of a difference on their roster as Jamal Adams would.
The Bucs ranked 30th in the NFL last season in total pass defense and 17th in interceptions. Those numbers are part of the reason this team made Antoine Winfield Jr. its second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but Adams would be able to come in and provide a legitimate superstar presence on the back end of Tampa Bay’s defense.
Looking no further than the 2019 Kansas City Chiefs, it cannot be overstated how big of a difference a defensive back like Adams can make for a team that has the right pieces in other places.
Tyrann Mathieu was a massive difference-maker for the Chiefs in 2019 and helped galvanize their defense down the stretch in their playoff and ultimately Super Bowl run.
Adding a player like Adams would give the Bucs legitimate superstar talent at every level of their defense, and that kind of impact on your team is worth a first-round pick and probably whatever other change they would have to add to it.