Bengals’ Joe Mixon seems to like the idea of Jamal Adams in stripes

Jamal Adams (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
Jamal Adams (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

After Jet’s safety Jamal Adams requested a trade, the Cincinnati Bengals’ star running back, Joe Mixon, reached out.

The relationship between the New York Jets and their star safety, Jamal Adams, has been rocky for quite some time but things have reached a critical level. The former number six overall selection has requested a trade. Upon doing so, Joe Mixon took to Twitter, asking the standout defensive back to reach out.

Now, his intentions aren’t clear but logic would suggest he wants to discuss how Adams will fit in the orange and black.

This isn’t a shocking development, as Mixon regularly recruits free agents and trade targets to the Queen City. The fact that he contacted his fellow 2017 draftee was to be expected but would the Cincinnati Bengals trading for him make sense?

The pros and cons of the Bengals trading for Jamal Adams

Long story short, Cincinnati trading for Adams seems unlikely and unnecessary. The team has three very good options at the safety position in Jessie Bates III, Vonn Bell, and Shawn Williams. With Bates set to hit free agency soon, they’ll have a ton of cap space tied up in the unit.

Adams himself is entering the last year of his rookie deal, although he’ll have a fifth-year option. Either way, his play and skillset will warrant a large contract. That could be a problem for the front office that will be tasked with extending a number of difference-makers in the near future.

Of course, the question of trade compensation also arises. With Adams making his request public, it will likely drive the asking price down. On the other hand, he’s a rare talent and many teams will likely be in pursuit of his services. A bidding war could get out of hand in a hurry. It would all just have to depend on how aggressive the Bengals want to be.

Historically, their philosophies would suggest there’s no way they would put together the package required to out-bid other organizations. After this offseason though, nobody can predict how they’ll approach these scenarios.

If they did decide they wanted to go all out for Adams, a duo of Bates and the former LSU star is hands down the most promising in the league. Both have superstar potential and fit the modern NFL perfectly.

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At the end of the day, Bengals fans shouldn’t expect to see Adams in Cincinnati but the fact that Mixon is attempting to make it happen is intriguing, to say the least.