Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams said he “fought depression” while a member of the New York Jets.
Appearing on the “All Things Covered” podcast hosted by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson and former NFL cornerback Bryant McFadden, Adams detailed his struggles while a member of the Jets from 2017 to 2020.
“Bro, I fought depression in New York,” Adams said. “There’s been so many times where I came home after a tough loss and just sat in my room 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 at the time 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.”
Adams went into detail and said that the Jets were a “laughingstock.” The two-time Pro Bowler said he never had veteran players help him when he was first drafted.
“I knew I couldn’t do it anymore when my mom called and said ‘Son, I don’t want you there anymore.’ I knew it was my time to go,” Adams said.
Adams, taken sixth overall in the 2017 draft, said the trade request that eventually landed him in Seattle wasn’t about the money.
“Money is a plus, but I love the game of football,” Adams said.
Adams said the Jets were interested in offering him an extension during the 2019 season, but delayed negotiations. Adams also alleged that after the trade, Jets general manager Joe Douglas admitted to Adams’ agent that the team wasn’t going to pay him until 2022.
The Jets currently have the worst record in the NFL at 0-9, and the Seahawks are in a three-way tie for first in the NFC West at 6-3.
Adams is coming off a “nagging” shoulder injury he suffered against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday but is expected to play against the Cardinals this Thursday.