Jamal Adams | Srivideo
Position: Strong safety
Born/Date of Birth: October 17, 1995
Place of Birth: Lewisville, Texas, United States
Education: Louisiana State University, Hebron High School
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 213 lb (97 kg)
High school: Hebron (Carrollton, Texas)
NFL Draft: 2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
New York Jets (2017–2019)
Seattle Seahawks (2020–present)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
2× Pro Bowl (2018, 2019)
First-team All-Pro (2019)
Second-team All-Pro (2018)
PFWA All-Rookie Team (2017)
Second-team All-American (2016)
First-team All-SEC (2016)
Second-team All-SEC (2015)
Jamal Lee Adams (born October 17, 1995) is an American football strong safety for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at LSU, and was drafted sixth overall in the 2017 NFL Draft by the New York Jets.
Adams attended Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas. During his final two years, he had 138 tackles and seven interceptions on defense and 20 touchdowns on offense. In his senior year, Hebron finished 8–4 on the season, advancing to the UIL 5A Division II Area final at AT&T Stadium, where they lost 42–21 to Cedar Hill.
Adams was rated by Scout.com as a five star recruit and was ranked among the top ten overall recruits in his class. He committed to Louisiana State University (LSU) to play college football.
Adams played in all 13 games with two starts as a true freshman at LSU in 2014 and had 66 tackles and a sack. As a sophomore, he was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection as a safety by the Associated Press (AP) and SEC coaches. As a junior, Adams was named to the AP All-SEC first team.
On January 6, 2017, Adams announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2017 NFL Draft.
Coming out of college, Adams was invited to the NFL Combine and performed all the available drills. On May 4, 2017, Adams attended LSU's pro day and opted to run the 40-yard dash (4.40s), 20-yard dash (2.57s), and 10-yard dash (1.58s) and was able to improve on his combine numbers. He was projected to be a first round pick by the majority of analysts and scouts. Sports Illustrated, DraftScout.com, Pro Football Focus, and ESPN ranked Adams the top safety in the draft.
The New York Jets selected Adams with the sixth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He was the first defensive back selected in 2017.
New York Jets
On July 20, 2017, the Jets signed Adams to a fully guaranteed four-year, $22.25 million contract that included a $14.32 million signing bonus.
Adams entered training camp competing against Calvin Pryor and fellow rookie Marcus Maye for a role as a starting safety. Head coach Todd Bowles named Adams the starting strong safety to begin the regular season, alongside free safety Maye.
Adams made his professional regular season debut and first career start in the Jets season-opener versus the Buffalo Bills and recorded five combined tackles and deflected a pass in a 21–12 loss. Adams made his first career tackle on running back Mike Tolbert after his 13-yard run on the Bills' first drive. On September 24, Adams recorded two solo tackles, broke up a pass, and made his first career sack on quarterback Jay Cutler during a 20–6 win against the Miami Dolphins. In Week 17, he collected a season-high ten combined tackles (three solo) and a pass deflection in the Jets' 26–6 loss to the New England Patriots. Adams finished his rookie season in 2017 with 83 combined tackles (63 solo), six pass deflections, and two sacks in 16 games and 16 starts.
Adams was named a captain on the Jets' roster for the 2018 season. He got his first career interception off of Matt Cassel at the Jets' season opener versus the Detroit Lions. The Jets ultimately won the game 48–17. Adams finished his second season with 115 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles with 1 recovered fumble, and 1 interception and started all 16 games.
On December 18, Adams was named a Pro Bowl selection for the first time in his career. Adams was named Defensive MVP of the game. Adams became notorious after an incident where he tackled the New England Patriots mascot at a 2019 Pro Bowl practice. This was due to the fierce rivalry of the Jets and Patriots. Adams apologized and let the Patriots mascot tackle him back.
Adams was also named Second-team AP All-Pro during this season. On December 28, Adams was named Curtis Martin Team MVP.
Before the 2019 season, Adams was ranked at 37th place as part of the NFL Top 100 2019 list.
On September 18, 2019, Adams was fined $21,000 for a hit he made on Baker Mayfield on Monday Night Football against the Cleveland Browns in Week 2. In Week 3 versus the New England Patriots, Adams recorded a 61-yard pick six off rookie quarterback Jarrett Stidham in the 30–14 loss. This was Adams' first interception of the season and his first career pick six. On October 10, Adams had his previous fine rescinded after winning an appeal.
During the NFL trade deadline, Adams voiced his displeasure regarding his name coming up in trade talks. He stated that the Los Angeles Rams would never trade Aaron Donald and the New England Patriots would never trade Tom Brady. Adams also said that when he found out that he was close to being traded, he would have loved to play for the Dallas Cowboys because he was from Dallas and because of his close relationship to former Cowboys' wide receiver Michael Irvin. In the end, Adams revealed that although he was hurt to be involved in trade talks, he was still excited to play for the Jets.
In Week 10 against the New York Giants, Adams recorded a team-high nine tackles and sacked Daniel Jones twice, one of which was a strip sack that he forced and returned for a 25-yard touchdown, as the Jets won 34–27 win. He was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance. During Week 11 versus the Washington Redskins, Adams finished with a career high three sacks as the Jets won 34–17. During a game versus the Cincinnati Bengals, Adams suffered an ankle injury at the start of the game. He played the entire game and had to miss the next two weeks due to this injury. He came back from his injury in Week 16 against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Jets' 16–10 win. At the end of the season, he was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl and was honored with his first career First-Team AP selection. Adams also earned the Curtis Martin Team MVP for the second straight year.
On April 17, 2020, it was reported that Adams would skip the entirety of the voluntary virtual offseason program without a contract extension. On April 27, 2020, the Jets picked up the fifth-year option on Adams' contract. On June 12, 2020, Adams replied to an Instagram post stating that the Jets were "A lot of talk no action" regarding his desire for a contract extension. On June 18, 2020, Adams officially requested to be traded from the Jets. He also made a comment declaring that "Maybe it's time to move on!" Adams created a list of teams, most notably including his hometown Dallas Cowboys, that he would welcome to be traded to. On June 21, 2020, when a fan asked Adams if he trying to become a Cowboy, Adams responded "I'm trying bro." The next day, Adams tweeted teammate Marcus Maye that he would miss playing with him the most, implying that he would not be back with the Jets. The following week, Jets' head coach Adam Gase and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams expressed that they wanted to keep Adams.
On July 24, 2020, Adams opened up to reporter Manish Mehta in an interview with the New York Daily News regarding his displeasure with the Jets’ organization. During the interview, he made critical remarks towards his head coach Adam Gase, saying that he was not the right leader for the Jets moving forward and that he did not build good relationships with people in the building. Adams also voiced his displeasure with how general manager Joe Douglas treated him during talks of a potential contract extension. Adams told Mehta that he had been waiting for an extension since January when Douglas said that he planned to make Adams “a Jet for life.” After months of waiting for a proposal, Douglas told Adams’ camp in May that he planned to wait until the following offseason to resume discussions regarding an extension. In the meantime, Douglas told Adams that he would be monitored and have to prove his loyalty to the Jets’ franchise. At the end of the interview, Adams said “I want to be with an organization that wants to win and do things the right way.”
On July 25, 2020, Adams along with a fourth round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for safety Bradley McDougald, first and third round picks in the 2021 NFL Draft and a first round selection in the 2022 NFL Draft.
His father, running back George Adams, played in the National Football League (NFL) from 1985 to 1991.
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