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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The Jets' offseason purge has unexpectedly claimed another victim -- and Todd Bowles doesn't seem happy about that at all.

David Harris, a 33-year-old linebacker and perhaps the last remaining veteran leader on the Jets' increasingly young defense, was released on Tuesday, shortly after participating in what turned out to be his final practice with the team. He was cut after what Bowles described as a "breakdown" in talks about a pay cut from the $6.5 million salary he was due this season.

It happened "abruptly," the Jets coach said. And it did not appear to be a move that Bowles thought should be made.

"It was an organizational decision," a stone-faced Bowles said about an hour after the news broke. "We didn't come to an agreement and eventually it led to this. It wasn't an easy time. David has been a Jet all his life. He was born and bled green. Obviously he's a guy that was very well liked in the building by management, coaches and players alike.

"(But) it's part of the business. It happened at a bad time. There's never a good time to have this happen."

Harris' agents, Brian Mackler and Jim Ivler, weren't happy with the decision either -- especially the fact that it happened this late in the offseason, and after Harris participated in the Jets' voluntary organized team activity (OTA) on Tuesday. In a statement released to ESPN, the agents said they were "very disappointed in the timing of this event and the decision."

"The Jets could have done this prior to free agency instead of waiting three months," the agents said, "especially for a player who has exhibited nothing but loyalty and class for 10 years."

It was hardly a classy way to treat a veteran player who will likely end up in the Jets Ring of Honor some day. Not only did the 33-year-old Harris participate in the voluntary practice on Tuesday, but he even did an interview in the locker room afterward, apparently unaware of his fate.

Asked why the Jets didn't make the move before practice, Bowles said "I think they were still negotiating and trying to work something out. Evidently it didn't work out."

And asked why the Jets felt $6.5 million was too much for Harris, Bowles seemed to be wondering that himself.

"That's a good question," Bowles said. "We, as an organization, decided (that). We sit down in a room at the round table and voice your (opinion), but you come out of the meeting on the same page."

"That'll probably be a question for somebody else at a later date."


Video: Daily News Live: Jets release veteran David Harris


That "somebody" clearly was GM Mike Maccagnan, who apparently was the one who made this decision (or at least convinced Jets owner Woody Johnson to let him make the move). Maccagnan wasn't made available to address the decision on Tuesday, but he's been the architect behind the Jets' entire offseason locker room purge.

Harris, with a cap number of $6.5 million that is now completely off the Jets' books, was once thought to be a target in that purge. But when he survived the initial round of cuts, it seemed like the Jets would keep him around as the "quarterback" of their defense and a mentor to young players who needed someone to guide them in their early years in the league.

Now the Jets will have to go with second-year pro Darron Lee and the newly reacquired Demario Davis (in a trade from Cleveland for veteran safety Calvin Pryor) at the inside linebacker spots. That will definitely make the Jets' defense younger and less expensive. But are they a better team?

"I think we're a different team," Bowles said. "(But) that remains to be seen."

Clearly, Bowles was not in favor of this seismic move. He made that clear by the number of times he explained it as "an organizational decision." Harris was a personal favorite of his, and he knows his young team will desperately need leaders. It's hard to see Bowles signing off on this decision just to save a relatively small amount of salary cap space.

"I'm in favor of what we decided as an organization," Bowles said. "I'm part of that organization, so I'm in favor of that, whether I agree or disagree. As coach, management, owner, when we leave the room we're all on the same page. So yes."

It's likely Bowles' players won't be as agreeable when the news reaches them, since Harris was as popular with them as he was with the coaches. Not only will the shabby treatment of Harris not go well amongst the players, but it should send shockwaves to several high-priced veterans.

There aren't many of them remaining, but players receiver Eric Decker (with a cap number of $8.75 million) and cornerback Buster Skrine ($8.5 million) can't feel too comfortable. The same goes for defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson ($8.069 million), whom the Jets have been trying to trade since last year.

Harris certainly has plenty of company on the list of Jets players cast aside this offseason. The team has released receiver Brandon Marshall, cornerback Darrelle Revis, center Nick Mangold, kicker Nick Folk, and tackle Breno Giacomini, while declining to pick up options on tackle Ryan Clady and linebacker Erin Henderson.

But Harris -- who remarkably never made the Pro Bowl -- matches Revis and Mangold as the most accomplished Jets on that list. A second-round pick out of Michigan back in 2007, Harris has missed just six games in his 10-year career and he had 1,087 tackles, 35 sacks and six interceptions.

And in perhaps Bowles' most telling statement, when he was asked if he thought Harris still had some quality football left in him, the coach said "Yeah, I think he does."

"I don't think he declined," Bowles said. "I think he was still sharp mentally. I think he was still a tough player. Obviously speed, if you're in the league 10-plus years, you're going to lose that no matter who you are. But I think David is still a quality player."

That just wasn't enough to keep him on Bowles' team.

 

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It's always a sad day to see the longest-tenured Jets players get let go and we've had a number of them in the last 18 months. D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold and now David Harris - the last real ties we had to the "good old days" of the playoff contending Jets. Harris has been nothing short of a fantastic contributor to this team over the last decade-plus. I will always remember the way he exploded onto the scene in the 2007 season as a replacement for Jonathan Vilma; once he took such clear control of the inside linebacking position, there's been no looking back. In that time, Harris never made waves; there was never news for anything but his contributions on the field ever since his rookie year.

The Jets have given lip service to competing in 2017, but I have to think the players that the Jets came away with in the 2017 NFL Draft have disabused them of that notion. After the Jets overhauled their safety position and then traded away Calvin Pryor (a worse version of their 2017 top pick) for Demario Davis the handwriting was on the wall with Harris.

At this point there's no way for the team to frame themselves as contenders. For the Jets to let Harris go this far into the offseason is - at the very least - troubling and sends a mixed message not only to their players but also to the fans.

This move is far too similar to the way things went down last year with D'Brick. This was an issue that could have been hammered out before the start of free agency when players like Brick or Harris would have the best chance at catching on with another team, possibly even a team close to the Super Bowl. While Maccagnan and Bowles haven't been here a decade, Harris has been nothing but a positive influence on the team and for that they cut him loose in the beginning of June? Lame.

I also can't tell what Maccagnan is doing with this team. There seems to be no consistency, no rhyme or rhythm to his movements. Spend like drunken sailors to compete. Playing contract brinksmanship with Mo Wilkerson and Ryan Fitzpatrick before caving on the eve of training camp; reaching on Hackenberg; begging for trade partners for Sheldon Richardson before taking him off the block; pushing Eric Decker out the door in June when they could have already designated him as a post-June 1 cut. There's no larger purpose I can perceive. The Jets leadership just seems to be careening from one overcorrection to the next under their current GM. This is how fans blink and five years fly by.

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Nov 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) avoids a tackle by New York Jets outside linebacker Bruce Carter (54) and runs for a touchdown during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Nov 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) avoids a tackle by New York Jets outside linebacker Bruce Carter (54) and runs for a touchdown during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

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The door to the AFC East was supposed to be wide open for the first time in two decades. The Buffalo Bills were even favored to win it. The Jets seemed to have a legitimate shot, too. And everyone was delighting in the prospect of the Patriots having to suffer through a rebuilding.

"We should've known better," said one scout for an AFC team. "Bill always has something up his sleeve."

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Just when it looked like the AFC East was wide open, Bill Belichick made a big move to fill the biggest hole on his New England Patriots roster. 

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, former NFL MVP and three-time Pro Bowl QB Cam Newton has signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots. The deal is highly incentive based, as Newton will make his own destiny depending on his production. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the deal being worth up to $7.5 million 

It was surprising to many that Newton, a very accomplished quarterback despite his injury history, didn't have a home this offseason. But the Patriots had an obvious hole with Tom Brady leaving New England to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Though Jarrett Stidham has been in the Pats' system for a season after getting drafted last year, Newton has to be the favorite to win the job. 

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Offensive lineman Cameron Clark has become the third member of the Jets' 2020 NFL Draft class to sign his rookie contract.

The team announced Clark's signing on Saturday evening.

The 6-foot-4, 308-pound offensive tackle from Charlotte was the Gang Green's third selection of the fourth round, behind running back La'Michal Perine and quarterback James Morgan. He was also the second tackle taken by the Jets, after Mekhi Becton went 11th overall. 

Clark exclusively played at left tackle for the 49ers in college, though he could potentially play tackle or guard for the Jets, making him at the very least a solid swing lineman to bring some depth to what should be a much-improved group in 2020.

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Jamal Adams has made it clear that it might be time for him to move on from the Jets if he and the team can't agree to a new contract in the near future.

So if Adams is traded to one of the eight teams on his list, which of them would make the most sense?

The FNNY crew discusses in the video above, and you can voice your opinion in the poll below. 

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Jets head coach Adam Gase spoke with reporters on Friday over a video call, and unsurprisingly, the Jamal Adams contract situation was a hot topic.

As he looks for a new contract - one that he reportedly hopes would put him among the highest paid defenders in the NFL - Adams has requested to be traded after growing impatient with the Jets. The Pro Bowl safety is under contract through the 2021 season, but he doesn't want to wait around for a new deal.

Gase addressed the issue on Friday, and while he didn't go into specifics, he did say that going through a contract dispute like this one is "the tough part of the business," while saying "Yes, I want Jamal on our team."

"I think that any discussions that have to do with anything with those kinds of topics, those are the things that we're going to keep internally," said Gase. "He's been one of our best players and most consistent guys that we had last year. I covered a lot of this at the end of the season, about the value that he brings to this team and what he does on not only gameday, but during practice. This is the tough part of the business. It's something that we've got to keep working through."

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The FNNY crew looks at the odds on teams that could trade for Jamal Adams, and debates what the Jets should do with their disgruntled star.

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

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The heat will be on the entire Jets franchise as when they begin their quest to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010, but a few of them will feel it a little more than the others. So SNY made a list of the 5 Jets who'll be under the most pressure this season.

No. 5 was running back Le'Veon Bell. No. 4 was defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. No. 3 was safety Jamal Adams. No. 2 was head coach Adam Gase.

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Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Alex Lewis (71), Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (68), and Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) line up against the Washington Redskins at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Alex Lewis (71), Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (68), and Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) line up against the Washington Redskins at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

After a recent report claimed that the "prevailing sentiment" in the Jets' locker room was that players don't respect Adam Gase, guard Alex Lewis has come to the head coach's defense.

The Daily News reported on Wednesday that Gase is a 'major factor' in why safety Jamal Adams feels uncomfortable about his long-term future in New York, and Lewis took exception, posting a message on Instagram.

"I have mad respect for Coach Gase," Lewis said. "We have phenomenal personnel in the building, on both offense and defense. We are building a winning culture and mentality from the top down. I believe in this staff, this organization, and most importantly my teammates. I realize everyone has a job to do, our jobs are multifaceted. In the locker room, training room, weight room, meeting room and on the field we are building a winning culture. I felt like all of this needed to be said ... I am proud to be a New York Jet. . . ."

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It's something that Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has seen before: a disgruntled player in a disagreement over his contract situation. 

But has it ever been Williams' best player on defense? 

Jamal Adams has been extremely public about his desire for a trade out of New York, enough so that he was tweeting at his fellow safety Marcus Maye like he already had his bags packed. The Jets, however, are reportedly going to stand pat and see how this all plays out. Adams still has two years left on his rookie deal (granted the Jets pick up the fifth-year option), and they could even tag him for two more years after that. 

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

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The heat will be on the entire Jets franchise as when they begin their quest to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010, but a few of them will feel it a little more than the others. So SNY made a list of the 5 Jets who'll be under the most pressure this season.

No. 5 was running back Le'Veon Bell. No. 4 was defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. No. 3 was safety Jamal Adams.

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (95) against the Atlanta Falcons in the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (95) against the Atlanta Falcons in the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Jets DL Quinnen Williams was originally scheduled to appear in court on March 25 for his March 6 criminal weapon possession arrest, but the coronavirus pandemic pushed that date back.

Now, Williams has a new court date set for July 23, per the Queens Criminal Court system.

Williams, 22, was arrested at a LaGuardia Airport check-in counter prior to security at around 9:00 p.m. on March 5 while trying to board a flight while carrying a pistol. Williams has a permit for the weapon in Alabama, but not in New York.

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Oct 6, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) reacts after a stop against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Oct 6, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) reacts after a stop against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

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The heat will be on the entire Jets franchise when they begin their quest to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010, but a few of them will feel it a little more than the others. So SNY made a list of the five Jets who'll be under the most pressure this season.

No. 5 was running back Le'Veon Bell. No. 4 was defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

The countdown continues with No. 3 … 

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According to DraftKings Sportsbook, both the Jets and Dolphins have their over/under win totals for the 2020 season set at 6.5, with the Jets being +100 to go over and the Dolphins over set at +118.

But which team has the better core in place and the brighter future?

Check out the full video above as SNY's Jeane Coakley and Chris Williamson give their thoughts, and cast your own vote in the poll below.

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Dec 12, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams looks onto the field during the first half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Dec 12, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams looks onto the field during the first half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

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The heat will be on the entire Jets franchise as they begin their quest to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010, but a few of them will feel it a little more than the others. So SNY made a list of the five Jets who'll be under the most pressure this season.

No. 5 was running back Le'Veon Bell. The countdown continues with No. 4 … 

Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams 

The Jets would have to go back to 2010, Rex Ryan's second season, to find a coach who had done a better job for them than Gregg Williams, their controversial, 61-year-old defensive coordinator. And to be fair, it's almost impossible to find a coach in their history who has ever done more with less.

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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills tight end Logan Thomas (82) fumbles as New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) and free safety Marcus Maye (26) defend during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills tight end Logan Thomas (82) fumbles as New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) and free safety Marcus Maye (26) defend during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Just one day after video surfaced of Jamal Adams saying he's "trying" to get to Dallas to play for the Cowboys, he's on Twitter to once again show everyone that his days as a Jet are over. At least in his head. 

Adams responded to a tweet by his closest teammate in FS Marcus Maye that read, "I been getting all this new fake love now!!! Smh," and it sounded a lot like a goodbye text. Take a look for yourself...

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The promise of winning is an old one for the Jets, and one they never seem to fulfill. The franchise is starving for success. So is the fan base. They are all wounded from no playoff berths in the last nine seasons.

There should be optimism with a new GM, a coach heading into his second season, and a supposed franchise quarterback heading into his third. All of it makes this feel in some ways like a fresh start. But it's understandable that fans are wary. They are used to rebuilds and restarts that rarely seem to work as expected.

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With the world knowing that Jamal Adams wants the Jets to trade him, running into fans will normally bring the topic up. And that's exactly what happened in Texas on Sunday.

A fan video posted to Twitter shows someone who looks and sounds like Adams, as he was driving through a shopping center. The fan asks him if he's coming to Dallas to play for the Cowboys.

Adams' answer?

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase and New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) shake hands after a touchdown against the New York Giants during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase and New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) shake hands after a touchdown against the New York Giants during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets GM Joe Douglas set out to drastically upgrade his roster this offseason in hopes that it could contend for a playoff berth by the end of the 2020 regular season. 

Moves can still be made -- the Jamal Adams situation and some extra cap space to use makes that the case -- but for the most part the field is basically set for training camp. Big, positive changes were made but Douglas couldn't fix every hole on the roster. 

That's why the Jets will need to cross their fingers and pray some things just work out for the best. 

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See how Jets nose tackle Steve McLendon uses his gym to help teach his children, and why he says that being a dad is his most important role.

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Oct 13, 2019; London, United Kingdom; General overall view of the NFL shield logo at midfield during an NFL International Series game between the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Oct 13, 2019; London, United Kingdom; General overall view of the NFL shield logo at midfield during an NFL International Series game between the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

NFLPA medical Director Dr. Thom Mayer has recommended that all players refrain from practicing together in private workouts due to recent upticks in coronavirus cases.

In a message to all players that was also tweeted out, Dr. Mayer writes:

Please be advised that it is our consensus medical opinion that in light of the increase in Covid-19 cases in certain states that no players should be engaged in practicing together in private workouts. Our goal is to have all players and your families as healthy as possible in the coming months.

We are working on the best mitigation procedures at team facilities for both training camps and the upcoming season, and believe that it is in the best interest of all players that we advise against any voluntary joint practices before training camp commences. 

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Jamal Adams' contract dispute has quickly become the exact distraction the Jets had hoped to avoid.

General manager Joe Douglas has made it clear time and time again that his stance on Adams is unchanged: He wants to make the star safety a "Jet for life."

Adams seems to be motivated to leave, however, as he once again posted on social media, replying to an Instagram post by saying "It's time to move on. Let it go ... No hard feelings."

So what exactly would it take to keep Adams in the Jets' secondary for years to come?

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Jets safety Jamal Adams, searching for a new contract, has officially request a traded from Gang Green.

The Jets have said all along that they have no intention of trading him, but might they entertain a trade before the situation gets uglier?

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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) celebrates after a fumble recovery during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) celebrates after a fumble recovery during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The NFL is observing Juneteenth as a league holiday, closing its offices as its clubs do the same.

"This year, as we work together as a family and in our communities to combat the racial injustices that remain deeply rooted into the fabric of our society, the NFL will observe Juneteenth on Friday, June 19th as a recognized holiday and our league offices will be closed," commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a league-wide memo last Friday. "It is a day to reflect on our past, but more importantly, consider how each one of us can continue to show up and band together to work toward a better future."

Meanwhile, Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley took to social media to say that he is "Happy to celebrate my birthday on a real holiday!"

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The Jets have agreed to terms with a second member of their 2020 NFL Draft class, as Gang Green agreed to a rookie deal with wide receiver Denzel Mims, SNY Insider Ralph Vacchiano confirms.

Mims, the Baylor product selected with the 59th overall pick, agreed to a four-year, $5.5 million deal with $3 million guaranteed, the typical rookie contract numbers for where he was drafted.

Mims joins fifth-round pick Bryce Hall as the first two members of the Jets' 2020 NFL Draft class to sign, while seven others remain without a deal, including first-round pick Mekhi Becton. 

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The FNNY crew looks at the future of star safety Jamal Adams with the Jets, and also explores the protocols the NFL is putting into place to hopefully play a 2020 season.

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Jamal Adams wants to be traded, and he's reportedly even given the Jets a list of eight teams he considers preferred destinations. Not that it matters, of course. If the Jets decide they want to trade him, Adams doesn't get a say in where.

But let's play along. Just for a moment, pretend the Jets did intend to trade Adams (they don't) and that they're willing to consider where he wants to play (they won't). Do any of Adams' eight favorite teams make any sense and can any of them actually afford to meet his exorbitant contract demands?

Let's take a look...

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

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The Jets have always intended to give Jamal Adams the lucrative contract extension he so desperately wants. They just don't want to do it right now. And they hoped -- naively -- that their vocal team leader would be a little patient.

Clearly, though, patience isn't part of Adams' plan.

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) jogs on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) jogs on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

Star safety Jamal Adams, who has not been attending the team's voluntary virtual offseason program, requested a trade from the Jets on Thursday, SNY Insider Ralph Vacchiano confirms.

Adams said earlier on Thursday that it may be "time to move on" from the team in responding to a comment on Instagram.

"I deserve to be paid but when i ask to be taking (sic) care of I'm 'BEING THAT GUY' huh? What does Pat have to do with me? Pat is about to get 40 to 60 M's a year. Well deserved. That's my guy. But don't compare me to QB's if you aren't paying me QB money. S--t, if I was about to get 40 plus u wouldn't hear a damn word from me. Lol fr fr. Don't use the pandemic excuse. CM22 got paid not too long ago. Well deserved. Great friend of mine. You're lost my guy. Ima protect myself just like an organization will look out for themselves at the end of the day. & if you guys don't respect that, cool. It's all luv. Maybe it's time to move on! Can't trick a WIZARD! Luv"

Vacchiano reported on May 22 that the Jets have no intention of trading Adams despite the latest impasse in contract negotiations, with their focus instead on eventually signing him to an extension.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who has been part of a group advising President Donald Trump amid the coronavirus pandemic, said Wednesday that it's "very hard" to see how the NFL will be able to proceed this fall.

"Unless players are essentially in a bubble, insulated from the community and they're tested nearly every day, it would be very hard to see how football is able to be played this fall," Fauci told CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta. "If there is a second-wave, which is certainly a possibility and which would be complicated by the predictable flu season, football may not happen this year."

Fauci also recently discussed the situation regarding the potential return of MLB, suggesting that it would be in the best interest of the league to not play into October if possible in order to avoid a potential second-wave.

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Training for the 2020 NFL season at UCLA, Jets QB Sam Darnold fired to the back of the end zone into the trusty hands of Giants RB Saquon Barkley.

Yes, Saquon Barkley.

In the clip below, Barkley shakes his "defender" before corralling the pass from Darnold. 

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