Jamal Adams opened up on his messy divorce from the New York Jets by claiming that he “really tried to stay.”
While on an Uninterrupted’s podcast, the reenergized Seattle Seahawks strong safety provided some interesting thoughts on his messy divorce from the team that drafted him sixth overall in 2017. The highlight of the show has Adams telling the world that he “really tried to stay” in New Jersey.
“I knew it wasn’t right,” Adams said on the 17 Weeks podcast via Uninterrupted. “As bad as I wanted to stay, and as bad as I wanted to create my own legacy and try to build something, and try to bring a championship to New York, it was hard, man. I felt like a lot of the times the weight was on my shoulders.”
Jamal Adams opens up further about the messy Jets situation this past offseason, via Uninterrupted. #TakeFlight
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Adams didn’t completely ignore the fans. In fact, he sort of sent his own unique hat tip towards the Jets fan regarding the way he left.
“I get it, fans are hurt and it’s not how I wanted to go about it,” Adams added. “You could say I forced my way out or whatever the case might be (but) it was a lot of both. I really tried to stay, you know what I mean? Like I just wanted the respect. I wanted you guys to respect me in the sense in, c’mon bro, like ‘I’m trying to build something here.’”
Adams even went as far as to make a confession about his final days in New Jersey. He was so stressed that the news of a deal to Seattle turned every emotion around.
“I haven’t told too many people this story, but it was really a dream come true because the Friday before I did get traded I was stressed and I knew that it wasn’t right with the Jets and me,” Adams said.
In Week 1, Adams played brilliantly for his new team, while his old team flopped in Orchard Park. The LSU product collected a sack, two tackles for loss, two quarterback hits and 12 total tackles in his team’s 38-25 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
“As I said, I don’t regret anything over there,” Adams said. “All I do is work hard, is work on my craft and be the best teammate I can be, man, and lead the group as best as possible.”
Meanwhile, Marcus Maye, who has since replaced Adams, starred in his own right by finishing with two sacks, two tackles for loss, two quarterback hits, two passes defensed, a forced fumble and 10 total tackles.
Jamal Adams’s Seattle Seahawks ready themselves for a date with the New England Patriots, while the New York Jets welcome in the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2 action.