The 49ers defense is already arguably the best in the NFL, but how good would they be with another All-Pro?
That’s a question Robert Saleh, Kyle Shanahan, John Lynch, and the rest of the 49ers brass are likely kicking around at this very moment, with the news that All-Pro safety Jamal Adams would welcome a trade to the Bay Area.
The disgruntled Jets safety requested a move amid a contract dispute according to ESPN, and listed the 49ers as one of seven teams he’d like to join. The Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, and Seattle Seahawks are the others.
Adams is fed up with the Jets who have dragged their feet on offering the 24-year-old an extension, despite saying that they want to make him “”a Jet for life.” Adams is signed on a team-friendly deal — $3.5 million this season, $9.9 million in 2021 — and could be franchise tagged in 2022. He is reportedly seeking a deal worth upwards of $15 million per year. According to Calvin Watkins, Adams is willing to be traded to a team that is not offering an extension.
The Jets reportedly are not interested in trading Adams despite his request, but the former sixth overall pick could hold out and try to force their hand.
Adams is considered one of the premier strong safeties in the NFL, and was named as a Pro Bowler and All-Pro in both 2018 and 2019, his second and third seasons in the NFL respectively. Jaquiski Tartt is the 49ers likely starter at strong safety heading into 2020.