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Antonio Brown a bad fit for Jets, despite what Jamal Adams says

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Is Brown's time in Pittsburgh coming to an end? (1:55)

The NFL Live crew breaks down the drama surrounding Antonio Brown and the Steelers and whether he'll be traded this offseason. (1:55)

When the New York Jets' dismal season was over, safety Jamal Adams stood in front of his locker and basically challenged the front office to upgrade the talent on the roster -- comments that didn't sit well with some teammates and resulted in him getting called to the principal's office.

Undaunted, the talented safety has made it his mission to recruit star power to the Jets, blurring the lines on player involvement in personnel matters. Adams used different platforms Wednesday to lobby for disgruntled Pittsburgh Steelers star Antonio Brown, whose future with the team has become a hot-button issue in the aftermath of the diva's latest temper tantrum.

First came the tweet.

Later, Adams was asked about Brown on his weekly spot on WFAN radio in New York, and he used the opening to send some love to the Steelers' No. 84.

"That dude is a star," Adams said. "Obviously, certain people have their opinion about him, but one thing I do know: From watching and witnessing it, AB is going to come to play. When he steps on that football field, it's all business. Everything is about football with him. I would definitely love to see him come here. ... Him and Sam [Darnold], I think, would have a great connection. That would give Sam another big-time weapon."

Advice to the Jets: Don't listen to your Pro Bowl safety on this one.

While nobody can deny Brown's extraordinary talent, it would be a huge mistake for the Jets to consider a Brown trade. First of all, we don't even know if the Steelers will put him on the trading block. They would get stuck with a $21.1 million cap hit in 2019, essentially the same cap charge for keeping him on the roster ($22.2 million). If they decide to move him, the Jets should stay far away.

Brown is a disruptive player who quit on his team last week, reportedly skipping meetings during the run-up to a pivotal game. Wonderful.

Yes, the Jets need talent, but they don't need that kind of talent, especially as they're trying to groom a young quarterback. The last thing Darnold needs is a diva receiver yapping in his ear after every play. Brown would be a chemistry killer, hardly ideal for a new coach as he attempts to rebuild the culture at One Jets Drive.

Brown also wouldn't come cheap. Do you think the Steelers, a smart organization, would trade him for anything less than a first-round pick? No way. Once upon a time, the Steelers traded a problem receiver to the Jets -- Santonio Holmes -- but that was a fire sale. The Jets got him for a fifth-round pick in 2010, and he was a good player for them until they gave him stupid money the following year. He reverted to being a major league headache. Brown would cost a lot more than a Day 3 draft pick.

Financially, the Jets are in such good cap shape they could actually handle Brown and pending free agent Le'Veon Bell, whom they are expected to pursue. Brown is due to make a non-guaranteed $39 million over the final three years of his contract and Bell likely would command about $15 million per year, affordable salaries for a team whose quarterback is on his rookie contract. But one Killer B from the Steel City would be enough.

Bell, yes. Brown, no.

It sounds as if Adams will keep trying, though. His postgame comments drew the attention of Jets CEO Christopher Johnson and general manager Mike Maccagnan, each of whom had a meeting with the outspoken safety. You can bet they didn't sit him down to tell him, "Way to go, Jamal, keep criticizing our team!" Adams, in his radio spot, said he and Maccagnan reached an understanding, adding that the GM welcomes his input. Adams said he reached the same conclusion in his meeting with Johnson.

There's nothing wrong with players recruiting free agents -- it happens all the time in different sports -- but there has to be a limit. Players play; GMs evaluate talent. This isn't fantasy football. In the case of Brown and the Jets, the smart play is to pass.