Despite Seahawks training camp starting weeks ago, today was Jamal Adams’ first day of practice participation. After holding out amidst contract disputes with the Seattle front office, the star safety finally penned his new deal with the franchise on Tuesday.
Before this contract situation was settled, Adams watched his teammates practice from the sidelines. While speculation swirled about his potential disconnect, it appears the Pro Bowler has “no relationship break” with his teammates or front office executives.
“Obviously, it was tough to come out here and continue to watch and not be involved like I wanted to,” Adams said Tuesday, per the Seahawks. “I understood the business, and we were working together the whole time. Don’t believe anything out there. Everything was good. There’s no relationship break. . . . We were all working together as a team, and we got it done.”
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After four years, three Pro Bowls and one All-Pro selection, Adams is finally getting paid. Earlier today, the 25-year-old star signed a four-year, $70 million contract extension with $38 million guaranteed — making him the highest paid safety in the league.
“Man, it’s a block off my shoulders,” Adams said. “Just so excited to be a part of such a unique organization. Always been a fan. Still a fan. But it just makes it that much greater than I’m a part of the family now. I’m ready to go win some championships, man.”
According to Adams, these disputes could have extended even longer if it hadn’t been for his mother. If he hadn’t agreed to this final offer, he likely would’ve been hit with a franchise tag.
“I wasn’t not going to take the contract,” Adams said. “Where I’m from, we’re definitely taking that, man. Mom called. She called twice, and when mom called, and she told me I needed to take the contract, it was a no-brainer. Mamma knows best.”
With a brand new contract under his belt, Adams will look to improve on his already impressive stats in 2021.
“I believe in myself, and I believe in what I can do on the football field,” Adams said. “All I needed was somebody to believe in me. And those guys upstairs, they believed in me. And they took a chance and all I can do is just continue to produce and continue to work my tail off and win ball games, man.”
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