Titans agree to deal with Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams after injury-plagued tenure in Seattle

The Tennessee Titans are bolstering their defense by agreeing to a one-year deal with All-Pro safety Jamal Adams, the team announced Thursday.

Adams, 28, is coming off a 2023 season where he only played nine games for the Seattle Seahawks, recording 48 total tackles, seven tackles for loss, three run stops (tackles for zero yards) and two pass breakups.

His release by Seattle in March ended a four-year, injury-plagued tenure since the Seahawks acquired him from the New York Jets for multiple first-round picks. Adams missed nearly the entire 2022 season with a quad injury that occurred in Week 1. The effects of that injury limited Adams last season.

He also dealt with finger, elbow, groin and shoulder injuries in 2020 and appeared in just 12 regular-season games. His 2021 season ended after 12 games because of another shoulder injury.

The 2017 No. 6 pick earned two of his three Pro Bowl accolades and a first-team All-Pro nod while with the Jets. He earned his third Pro Bowl trip in 2020 with the Seahawks. The safety has 494 total tackles, four interceptions and 21.5 sacks in his seven seasons.

The Titans are coming off a season in which they allowed 3,866 yards and 20 touchdowns through the air.

Adams provides depth at thin position

The Titans had one of the strongest safety crews in the league not long ago, with Kevin Byard starring and Kenny Vaccaro and Amani Hooker providing quality support. Now Byard is in Chicago, Vaccaro is retired and Hooker is the leader of that crew in Nashville – an excellent player, but also a guy who has missed 17 games in the past three seasons.

Hooker and the (also injury-prone) Elijah Molden could be a good starting tandem in 2024, but depth is a major concern. Adams, one of several veteran safeties who have been waiting for a call, at least addresses that. And he might end up starting next to Hooker. It’s a virtual lock that he will start some games this season. — Joe Rexrode, Nashville columnist

History is a key part of this signing

Justin Simmons and Quandre Diggs were options here as well, but those guys weren’t among the best safeties in the league while playing for the Titans’ defensive coordinator. Adams was.

Dennard Wilson was the Jets’ defensive backs coach when the Jets drafted Adams, and Wilson was with Adams for the tremendous first three seasons of his career.

Adams’ trajectory has changed dramatically since, but perhaps that relationship can help him find starting-level football again. Interestingly enough, there was a strong push from some in the Titans’ draft room in 2017 to take Adams at No. 5, but then-GM Jon Robinson opted to ignore the majority and take receiver Corey Davis instead. — Rexrode

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