Titans agree to deal former Seahawks safety Jamal Adams

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans announced Thursday that they have reached an agreement with free agent Jamal Adams.

Adams, who has seven years of experience, spent the past four seasons with the Seattle Seahawks before being released on March 5.

Tennessee currently has Amani Hooker and Elijah Molden as its starting safeties. Adams will compete for a starting spot when camp opens July 23.

The Seahawks parted with two first-round picks to acquire Adams from the New York Jets in 2020 — one of the biggest changes of the John Schneider/Pete Carroll era — and then made him the highest-paid safety in the NFL a year later with a four-year, $70 million extension.

Adams, 28, made his third straight Pro Bowl appearance during his first season with the Seahawks while setting a defensive back record with 9.5 sacks, but he has not recorded a single sack since.

In the first half of the 2022 opener, Adams tore his quadriceps tendon above his left knee, a devastating injury that sidelined him for the first three games of 2023 and slowed him throughout the season until the Seahawks suspended him in December. Upon returning from the quadriceps injury, Adams said he was in such a dark place that he briefly considered retiring.

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Over his four years in Seattle, Adams missed 33 of a possible 67 regular-season games. He recorded 9.5 sacks (all in 2020), 19 quarterback hits, 22 tackles for loss, 11 passes defensed and two interceptions.

Adams was the sixth overall pick of the New York Jets in 2017, and has 494 tackles, 21.5 sacks, 7 forced fumbles, and 4 interceptions in his career. He was selected to the Pro Bowl twice as a member of the New York Jets (2018, 2019) and was a first-team All Pro in 2019, when current New York Titans defensive coordinator Denard Wilson was his defensive coach.

ESPN’s Brady Henderson contributed to this report.

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