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June 20, 2019

Sam Darnold tells News that he’s joining Jamal Adams to recruit players to the Jets

January 11, 2019

Jamal Adams isn’t the only young Jets cornerstone player ready to put on his recruiting hat this offseason.

Sam Darnold is willing to do whatever he can to attract quality players too. He just might take a slightly more understated approach than the Pro Bowl safety.


“I might not be as outspoken about it, but I’m definitely going to try to convince guys to see what they can do for us,” Darnold told the Daily News on Thursday. “If you can get great players and good players on your team, why not reach out and try to do that? I might not be as outspoken, but I’m definitely doing some work.”

Adams has made it no secret that he wants to collect difference makers.

The Jets will have about $100 million in salary cap space to make it happen in free agency.

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold speaks to the media following an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) (Jeffrey T. Barnes / AP)

“We need more players,” Adams said after Gang Green’s season-ending loss to the Patriots. “We need more dawgs.”

“You’ve got to bring in players, man,” Adams added. “It’s simple as that. It’s not rocket science.

“I’m not going to sit here and say we have talent. We have a lot of talent on the team, but we don’t have a lot of dawgs on this team. I’ll put it like that. We just don’t.”

CEO Christopher Johnson and general manager Mike Maccagnan talked to Adams during exit interviews after the season to get on the same page after the safety’s strong words.

“Jamal and I had a long conversation,” Maccagnan said. “Jamal is very passionate. He’s definitely one of our younger leaders on our team. After talking to him, we share the same vision and we share the same goal.”

Adams’ mantra is simple: “It’s just like LeBron James said that he always recruit. I recruit every week, every day, every year.”

Darnold will do his part behind the scenes.

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