The NY Jets and Jamal Adams could have had a fairly clean divorce. Adams got a preposterous contract from the Seattle Seahawks that New York was never going to give him, and the Jets got Garrett Wilson and Alijah Vera-Tucker out of the trade. Instead, Adams has sunk to a new low of immaturity, sensitivity, and depravity.
After Jets beat writer Connor Hughes mocked Adams' poor play against Jake Ferguson in a loss against the Dallas Cowboys, Adams posted a picture of Hughes' wife on Twitter, captioning it "Yikes." The Jets' former No. 6 pick followed that up with an equally dumb "Don't start nothin won't be nothin" post.
For a brief moment, every voice, even those tangentially related to the Jets, was united in hatred of Adams. From the Zach Wilson truthers to the fire Robert Saleh folks to even other beat writers like Brian Costello (who called Adams a "phony" and "bad guy"), everyone gave Jamal a piece of their mind.
Fans will get another chance to let the man once viewed as the savior of the defense get an earful next season, as the Seahawks are scheduled to visit MetLife Stadium as visitors. The boos that will rain down on Adams are sure to be as loud and consistent as they have been for any returning player in the last few years.
NY Jets fans can rip Jamal Adams in 2024 Seahawks homecoming
Adams' fall from grace has been sad to watch. It's easy to forget that Adams made three Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams in a row (two of which were with the Jets) before injuries too much of his effectiveness. He still holds the record for sacks in a season by a defensive back.
Since 2020, however, Adams has done little of value. He hasn't recorded a sack in 21 games since setting the record in 2020 and hasn't had an interception since 2021. Seattle's defense looks to be as prone to giving up big plays as ever before.
It's one thing to demand a trade in order to get away from a bad team and for more money. It's another to do that while treating people terribly and burning every bridge you had at your old spot. Adams went from a budding star to a punchline.
When Adams was at his best, his swagger and confidence made him fun to watch. Now, he looks like a player desperate for attention with minimal emotional maturity, and his declining production has made him one of the most maligned figures across the NFL. Hope it was worth it, Jamal!