Adam Gase on Jamal Adams trade: 'We want guys who want to be here'


New York Jets head coach Adam Gase is ready to turn the page on the Jamal Adams era.

Gase, who was criticized by Adams as not being a leader last week, called the All-Pro safety an “incredible talent” while addressing the trade with reporters on a conference call Tuesday, but noted it was time to move on.  

“We want guys who want to be here,” he said, per WFAN’s Brian Costello. “Obviously, he didn’t want to be here anymore, so the decision was made to move on. It’s a team game.”

The Jets traded Adams on Saturday to the Seattle Seahawks, along with a fourth-round pick, in exchange for Bradley McDougald, two first-round picks and a third-round pick from Seattle.

Jets GM Joe Douglas said the offer was “too good to pass up” and Gase seemed to agree.

“The whole situation ends up being a win-win for both sides,” Gase said.

Gase is entering his second season as head coach of the Jets, following a 7-9 campaign that was, at times, ugly last season.

Adams criticized Gase in the Daily News, saying that the head coach does not have a relationship with everyone in the building.

Gase, who reportedly did not have the best of relationships with players during his tenure with the Miami Dolphins, was asked if any players had reached out to him about the Adams trade.

“Nobody contacted me about anything after the trade,” he said.

Gase also dismissed questions about Adams’ issues with the team, which also included criticism of owner Woody Johnson, who allegedly made racist remarks in his current role as U.S. Ambassador to the UK.

Instead, Gase said he would rather “focus on the players currently on our roster.”

“We wish [Adams] nothing but the best,” he said. “We want nothing but the best for him. Hopefully he has great success in Seattle.

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