Jamal Adams says his “plan to retire” with the Seahawks after being traded by the Jets.
All-Pro safety was traded to the NFC West franchise last week by the Jets, who landed two first-round picks in 2022 in exchange for Adams and a fourth-round squad in 2022, a third-rounder from 2021 and Bradley McDougald.
Jets general manager Joe Douglas had previously expressed a desire to make Adams “a Jet for life,” while the defensive back said at the time, “I want to be a Jet for life, too.”
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However, the relationship between Adams and the Jets has deteriorated in recent months after the 24-year-old became angry last year when he heard his name in trade rumors. Adam’s frustration with not getting a new contract led to his requesting a swap last month, then firing public shots at both head coach Adam Gase and Douglas shortly before the swap failed.
The Seahawks have inherited the last two years from Adams’ rookie contract, but his desire to become the highest paid safety in the league has not disappeared.
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“The plan is to retire here,” Adams told reporters on Thursday. “This is my plan. But of course those things happen automatically. If you just have to go on the field and perform, you are doing the right things on and off the field, and those things will take care of themselves, man. So I am very excited to be here. I know the rest of the guys are excited about me, the tech staff and everyone else. So again, man, we’re worried about that when the time comes. “
After Adams’ comments were shared online, former Jets center Nick Mangold posted a comment GIF. Mangold tweeted a photo of Kevin Malone from “The Office” laughing, an apparent mockery of Adam’s comments.
Mangold quit a season before Adams arrived from the NFL.
Considering the jets that Adams had under contract through 2021, it seemed that he had little influence trying to make his way out of New York. But the two first round picks eventually managed to influence Douglas and left Adams delighted to have a fresh start elsewhere for his fourth season in the league.
“I honestly broke into tears of joy,” Adams added. “Many mixed emotions. I’m going to miss a lot of the guys there. But in the end, this was my calling. This was where I had to be. “
To the Seahawks Org & Fans:
You have a man with a mission, a man who will do anything to win a Super Bowl, is the best leader and teammate he can be, and a man who will give everything to the city of Seattle and the 12s all over the world . Thank you for believing in me!#Prez pic.twitter.com/3kQzatip2r
– Jamal Adams (@Prez) July 25, 2020