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Jamal Adams’ Jets contract saga looks like Darrelle Revis 2.0

Steve Murphy



Jamal Adams' Jets contract saga looks like Darrelle Revis 2.0

A star defensive back in the middle of his prime with a few years remaining on his contract looking for a new deal.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, Jets fans.

The Jamal Adams contract saga has a familiar feel to it. Ten years ago, it was Darrelle Revis who felt underpaid and underappreciated by Gang Green and asked for a new contract despite having three years remaining on his rookie deal. That led to a summer of drama, televised on HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” with a war of words in the media, a training camp holdout, secret meetings at the Roscoe Diner, clandestine negotiating trips to Florida and finally with Revis getting a short-term deal a few days before the team’s Week 1 opener.

We’re not quite there yet with Adams. It’s still early in the process, but it sure feels like we’re heading toward similar acrimony between the Jets and their best player. The two sides are at an impasse when it comes to an extension for Adams.

The disagreement is simple. Adams wants a new deal immediately. The Jets do want to sign Adams long term eventually but feel no urgency to get a deal done.

So far, both sides are doing what is expected in this contract dance. Adams is making it known he is unhappy by not participating in the team’s virtual offseason program and by having his surrogates push it out in the media that he is upset.

The Jets are standing pat, knowing they hold all the cards right now. Adams is under contract for the next two years and the Jets could control him for a third with the franchise tag. The Jets feel there is no rush to do anything, especially with economic uncertainty surrounding the NFL thanks to COVID-19 and whatever its effect on the 2020 season will be.

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Neither side is wrong … yet.

Adams is underpaid at $3.5 million. He has proven to be one of the best safeties in football and the best player on the Jets. He should be asking for more money. It is always unpopular with fans when players ask for more money, especially in the current economic climate, but players have a small window to make their money. I never blame them for trying to maximize their earnings. Those of you who say he is greedy and should honor his contract, should the Jets have honored Trumaine Johnson’s contract? That is not how the NFL works. Contracts are ended early all the time by teams. Players should try to get a raise when they can.

That being said, Adams has very little leverage right now. The Jets want to push this negotiation down the road, possibly into next year. That is their right. Adams is one piece of the puzzle when it comes to Joe Douglas’ navigation of the salary cap. Sam Darnold will probably be looking for a new deal himself next year. This is all something the Jets have to balance.

When this gets dicey is whenever training camp arrives. Adams’ only play here is to hold out. That is really the only way a player can apply pressure to a team. The Jets won’t be happy, but I’m not sure they will buckle and Adams, whose emotions run high, will not react well to entering the season without a new deal.

I do think Jets CEO Christopher Johnson and Douglas could send a message that they will take care of their homegrown talent who produces for the Jets, but they could argue they can send that message next year.

This is a road the Jets fans have been down before watching players they had high hopes for end up getting traded, whether it was Revis, Keyshawn Johnson or John Abraham in the past 20 years.

The Jets do not want to trade Adams, according to sources. They remain hopeful this will get worked out. But another summer of discontent in Jetsville is coming. You can feel it. Ten years later, Adams looks like Revis 2.0.

Someone may want to give Douglas directions to the Roscoe Diner.

Steve Murphy has handled various businesses throughout his career and has a deep domain knowledge. He founded Report Door in an attempt to bring the latest news to its readers. He is glued to the stock market most of the times and just loves being in touch with the developments in the business world.

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2020 MLB season ‘not looking promising’

Steve Murphy



2020 MLB season 'not looking promising'

Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman is losing hope that baseball will be back this summer.

“This season is not looking promising,” Stroman tweeted Tuesday after the players union was left disappointed by MLB’s latest financial proposal, which entails the highest-paid players taking greater pay cuts than their peers — and more pay cuts than the union thought it would need to take for baseball to return from its shutdown.

The player’s union remains steadfast in abiding by the money agreement the two sides reached in March, which stated the union would earn their salaries on a prorated basis — without pay cuts — with the return of baseball.

MLB, meanwhile, says that agreement included a provision that would allow for further negotiating should games be played without fans, which would be the case because of the coronavirus pandemic. MLB is hoping to begin this season in July.

Stroman, who is signed to a one-year, $12 million contract, would make around $3 million in an 82-game season under the league’s latest proposal, according to an ESPN estimate.

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Yankees ace Gerrit Cole, who is slated to earn $36 million this season, would earn around $8 million in this scenario, The Post’s Joel Sherman reported.

Sixty-five percent of players make less than $1 million, and so their wallets wouldn’t be hit has hard.

As part of that March agreement, owners made a $170 million advance payment to teams covering April and May.

“Keeping the mind and body ready regardless,” Stroman said. “Time to dive into some life-after-baseball projects. Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. Brighter times remain ahead!”

Because MLB and the union already agreed that players would receive a full year of service time even if the entire season is canceled, there is a chance Stroman could have played his last game in Queens.

When asked by a fan if this could be his last season, the 29-year-old Stroman responded, “Very possible. No clue if they’ll want to extend me. Just have to wait and see how it all plays out!”

The 2019 All-Star righty would be among the top free-agent pitchers available if the Mets don’t resign him.

Stroman, a Long Island native, was 3-2 with a 3.06 ERA after being traded from the Blue Jays to the Mets last season.

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NHL restart plan makes dollars and sense

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Patriotic Poles led astray by mis-labelled Ukrainian cucumbers

There remain as many questions as answers as the NHL unveiled its return-to-play plan Tuesday, but give the league credit: Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a road map is in place.

Sure, we don’t know whether the league will actually resume action paused on March 12, but the hope that 24 teams will begin training camps sometime in July, play games in two hub cities and hand out the Stanley Cup is trying to make the best of a horrible situation.

Although a second wave of the virus that has officially resulted in the death of approximately 350,000 people around the world could derail the NHL’s plan, some hope of normalcy in our lives is welcome news.

Even trying to decipher the draft-lottery system is a lot more fun than looking at the latest virus figures from Johns Hopkins University or being caught in the political vortex that’s resulted from it all.

As the NHL optimistically looks to the future, here are five takeaways from the restart plan that catch our eye:

1. It’s OK to think about dollars and cents

It’s easy to say the league wants to finish the season for no other reason than to collect as much sponsorship and television revenue as possible, but provided everyone is able to stay safe, that’s not a bad thing. It is a business that impacts the economy.

The teams have paid players the bulk of their annual salaries, so it’s fair for the owners to try recouping some money even without ticket sales and connected revenue from concessions, parking and souvenirs.

Hockey fans will happily tune in to the Stanley Cup sprint and be thankful for the distraction from all the negative we’ve survived.

2. It’s no debate: The Cup champ will be legitimate

It’s absurd to say whichever team hoists the Stanley Cup when the season ends should have an asterisk next to their crown. That’s not the case with the New Jersey Devils’ title from 1995, and it won’t be this year, either.

No matter what happens, the champion must win at least four series to claim that honor. (Count the qualifying-round series in which 16 teams must play, and it could mean winning five rounds.)

Don’t think for a second that any team will be given a free pass. In fact, with the layoff allowing most players to be 100 percent healthy, some underdogs will be even stronger than they would have been had life been normal.

3. Skewered in Buffalo

The poor Buffalo Sabres officially have missed the playoffs nine straight seasons, sidelined by the points-percentage format. Buffalo (.493 points percentage) was three points back of the Montreal Canadiens (.500) with two games in hand, but it won’t get a chance to erase that gap.

The other six teams eliminated on Tuesday (the Detroit Red Wings, Ottawa Senators, New Jersey, San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks) weren’t even remotely close to a playoff position, so they happily avoid the indignity of playing out the string. (The Devils had the same points, 68, and games played, 69, as the Sabres but were buried in the bottom of the Metropolitan Division.)

A saving grace for the downtrodden Sabres franchise would be a draft-lottery win, but not having a chance to skate in a playoff game is a tough consequence of an improvised system that never could be perfect.

4. Missed opportunity to renew a great rivalry

Other than the obvious of not being able to watch games live and in person, there aren’t many negatives.

Had the league gone straight into playoffs based on existing standings, though, the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames would have renewed Battle of Alberta hostilities in the playoffs for the first time since 1991.

(We also miss out on a Pennsylvania showdown between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers, but they last met in the postseason two years ago, so it’s not the same).

It’s possible these rivalries will be fired up after the qualifying round, but there are no guarantees.

5. Give the underdogs their due

The Columbus Blue Jackets were a bubble team when the games were halted. However, no team in the mix was as besieged by injuries as they were. Not far behind were the Winnipeg Jets.

The long layoff certainly gives everyone as much an opportunity to skate with a full roster as we’ve ever seen before the playoffs begin, so don’t be shocked if the Blue Jackets provide another opening-round upset.

Other teams to watch are the Minnesota Wild, who were finding their form just before time stood still, and the veteran-laden Chicago Blackhawks, who will face the young Oilers.

—By Randy Sportak, Field Level Media

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League says players should expect daily COVID-19 testing if play resumes

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League says players should expect daily COVID-19 testing if play resumes

FILE PHOTO: Feb 12, 2020; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Gary Bettman commissioner of the National Hockey League with a smile prior to a game between the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

NEW YORK (Reuters) – National Hockey League (NHL) players can expect daily COVID-19 testing if a proposed 24-team playoff competition is able to go forward this year, league officials said.

The NHL, on hold since March due to the global coronavirus outbreak, outlined a roadmap for a return to competition on Tuesday, with plans to hold games in two hub cities without fans but stopped short of suggesting a potential start date.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly outlined the league’s “rigorous and comprehensive” testing protocol, which would include nightly COVID-19 testing once the competition gets underway.

“Those results are obtained before they would leave their hotel rooms the next morning, so we’ll know if we have a positive test and whether the player has to self-quarantine himself as a result of that positive test,” said Daly.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the league could end up doing 25,000 to 30,000 tests costing “millions of dollars” as a result.

“It’s conceivable that we’re playing at the end of July,” said Bettman, but added that “anyone who gives you a date is guessing.”

The NHL plan comes as a handful of professional sports operations, including NASCAR, return to action, even as many parts of North America are still observing quarantine or social distancing measures.

Daly said, depending on the circumstance, a player testing positive would “not necessarily shut the whole operation down,” citing guidance from NHL’s medical advisors.

“Obviously we can’t be in a situation where we have an outbreak,” said Daly. “But a single positive test or isolated positive test throughout a two-month tournament should not necessarily mean an end to the tournament.”

Reporting by Amy Tennery; Editing by Christopher Cushing

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