Former NY Jets safety Jamal Adams may have been benched

NY Jets, Jamal Adams
NY Jets, Jamal Adams / Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Former NY Jets safety Jamal Adams has seemingly been making more headlines for his antics off the field than on it in recent months. His tragic fall from grace as a member of the Seattle Seahawks has been stunning to watch over the last few years.

The former All-Pro safety has battled injuries and inconsistent performance since joining the Seahawks, and when coupled with his off-field headlines, many in Seattle have grown tired of Adams.

One such individual might just be Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. Adams has missed his team's last two games with a knee injury, and although he returned to practice on Wednesday, Carroll was noncommittal when asked about his safety's role moving forward.

Carroll insisted that reporters/fans "will have to wait and see" if Adams is given back his starting role upon his return from injury. In his place, former New York Giants draft pick Julian Love has shined and arguably outplayed his teammate.

Jamal Adams might be benched weeks after attacking a NY Jets reporter

Of course, this comes just a few weeks after Adams came under fire for his response to a tweet by Jets beat reporter Connor Hughes. Adams posted a picture of Hughes' wife on social media in response to the SNY reporter's critique — something that garnered plenty of negative attention for the former star safety.

That may not be why Adams could be benched, but it certainly doesn't help boost his public opinion in Seattle.

Adams has struggled this season, earning a dreadful 54.9 Pro Football Focus grade that ranks 82nd among 95 qualified safeties. He's one of only a handful of qualified safeties to rank in the bottom 12 of both PFF coverage and run-defense grade.

This has become an all-too-common theme for Adams in Seattle. After posting consecutive seasons with a PFF grade north of 87.0, Adams has failed to top a 63.0 overall grade in three "healthy" seasons with the Seahawks.

A player who was once considered arguably the best safety in football is now on the verge of being benched in a bottom-half defense. To make matters worse, Adams remains the third-highest-paid safety in all of football with no easy out in his contract until 2025.

Jamal Adams' career has taken a nosedive since being traded to the Seahawks. From off-field controversy to on-field struggles, Adams might find himself watching from the sideline sooner or later.