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Jamal Adams of the New York Jets breaks up a pass intended for Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium on November 25, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

Jets safety Jamal Adams plays a style of football that would have been better suited last decade. He would have fit right in with Rodney Harrison and Ty Law in the Patriots secondary with his aggressive, physical game.

He’s also fairly outspoken, which makes him one of the NFL’s more compelling players both on and off the field. So when he gets a penalty for what he thought was a clean hit he’s going to let the league know about it.

Which brings us to Adams’ tweet late Wednesday night. He posted a video of a play during the Jets’ 23-3 loss to the Browns on Monday Night Football where he delivered a late hit to quarterback Baker Mayfield. Needless to say, Adams didn’t agree with the officiating in this instance.

“This league is a damn joke! I just got fined $21k for this hit, I signed up to play football not two hand touch. Bulls***! I don’t give a damn about these soft rules protecting QBs. Im gonna play MY brand of football everytime I step on the field. SMH”, Adams’ tweet reads.

Is it fair to describe this as a warning shot to Tom Brady and the Patriots? Adams might not want to get his hopes up, because Brady isn’t going to roll out of the pocket like Mayfield did on what felt like every play against the Jets. Brady will get rid of the ball quicker in the first place. Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams might have to send Adams on a blitz for the safety to have a shot at lighting Brady up.

But that’s clearly what Adams is going to want to do, regardless of who is playing QB. So protecting Brady against whomever is coming at him will be paramount for the Patriots both on Sunday and moving forward. Apparently Adams would be just fine with being “that guy” who took out the GOAT.

Clearly, Adams is not aware of the “no touching” rule that the league implemented for Brady over a decade ago.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at