Jamal Adams and Le'Veon Bell


Recruiting Visit? Jets' Adams Has Lunch With Le'Veon Bell's Agent

January 30, 2019 - 1:40 pm

By WFAN.com

Was Jamal Adams playing recruiter last week when he had lunch with Le'Veon Bell's agent? 

The Jets' Pro Bowl safety told multiple media outlets on Radio Row on Wednesday that he sat down with agent Adisa Bakari in Orlando, where the Pro Bowl was held.

“I’ll tell you this: We’re hoping we can grab him (Bell)," Adams told the New York Post

But Adams downplayed to Newsday that it was recruiting lunch, saying his agent, Kevin Conner, is friends with Bakari.

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“It was a friendly lunch with my agent, who’s good friends with Le'Veon’s agent," Adams said. "We had a sitdown, a casual lunch. I didn’t invite him. It wasn’t one-on-one. I was with my agent. He’s great friends with my agent. We had a great time, and just chopping it up eating lunch.”

Adams has made it clear he doesn't mind trying to woo free agents to Florham Park. He told the Post he's reached out to other potential free agents, but he wouldn't say who.

"I'm like LeBron (James)," Adams joked with WFAN's "Boomer & Gio" on Wednesday. "I want to play with everybody. I want them all."

WFAN's Gregg Giannotti asked Adams if the Jets' front office has asked him to cool his recruiting pitches. 

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"Actually, they tell me to help them out a little bit," he said. "Any means necessary, man. At the end of the day, everybody's there for one job, and that's to win."

Adams said he hasn't spoken directly to Bell, a three-time Pro Bowl running back with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he had a message for him Wednesday: "We have a lot of money. We're waiting on you. So come on over."

Adams has been trying to make his case for a year now. Last year, a Jets fan on Twitter wrote to Bell: "I speak on behalf of the New York Jets, well (sic) give you $60 million in cash if you come play for us." Bell replied: "That ain’t enough to come run with the Jets."

That exchange got Adams' attention.

Bell sat out all of this past season because of a contract dispute. The 26-year-old has rushed for 5,336 yards and caught 312 passes for 2,660 yards in his five NFL seasons.

The Jets, who are coming off a 4-12 season, have nearly $94 million in available salary-cap space entering the offseason, according to OverTheCap.com.