Contrary to popular belief, money couldn’t have bought Jamal Adams’ happiness if he remained with the Jets.
Adams forced his way out of New York this past summer in what many viewed to be his pursuit of a contract extension that would make him the highest-paid safety in football. Now with the Seahawks, Adams realizes a contract extension with the Gang Green would not have been enough to make him happy given the organization’s losing ways — even though he had stated he wanted to be a Jet for life as recently as January.
“Bro, I fought depression in New York,” Adams said on the ‘All Things Covered’ podcast. “And I’m man enough to say it. There’s been so many times where I came home after a tough loss and just sat in the dark — no phone, no TV. My [dad] hated to see me like that. It killed my pops so much… he was calling my agent and saying, ‘Hey man, I don’t like seeing my son like this. I need him out of this situation.’ It took a toll on my life outside of football.”
The Jets went 16-32 during Adams’ three seasons in New York — 16 games below .500. Things have not gotten much better for New York following his departure, as the team sits at 0-9 entering the second half of 2020.
“They do not want to win,” Adams said. “Let’s be honest, the Jets were the laughingstock. [In Seattle], this is how the NFL is supposed to be. This is the dream I was dreaming.”
Adams has had ups and downs in 2020, as he missed four games with a groin injury and has somewhat struggled while healthy, grading out among the lower tier of safeties in the league. However, despite a two-game losing streak upon his return to action, the Seahawks are 6-3 and firmly in contention for a playoff spot.
The Jets, meanwhile, are competing for draft positioning and building toward the future. That was simply not going to be enough to satisfy the 25-year-old’s desires.
“I was bringing the juice back to the Jets,” Adams said. “I simply told them, ‘Hey man, if you guys want to keep me here to be a Jet for life, let’s sit down and talk. This is after the fact they told me, ‘We wanna offer you an extension.’ … I felt like I was being disrespected.
“Money’s a plus, but I love the game of football. I love what I do… I was sick of hearing ‘the rebuild year.’”