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Safety Jamal Adams signed with the Titans on Thursday and he will be making the league minimum for veteran players after playing just 10 games over the last two seasons.

Adams tore his quad in his first game in 2022 and missed the other 16 games of that season and then dealt with a knee injury that limited his availability last year. During an appearance on The Official Titans Podcast, Adams called the 2022 injury “humbling” and that he didn’t feel all the way back when he got on the field last year.

Adams said he’s in “a way better place now” mentally and physically and that he hopes to show that he can still be the kind of player he was before he missed all of that time.

“I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder for a long, long time,” Adams said. “For me, it’s moreso I’m not trying to prove anyone wrong, I’m moreso trying to prove myself right. I’m trying to get back out there to prove myself, that I’m still that guy and I still can play. Whether anyone believes in me or not, as long as I believe in myself that’s what matters.”

The move to Tennessee reunites Adams with defensive coordinator Dennard Wilson, who was his first NFL position coach with the Jets. Adams began building the resume that made him the league’s highest-paid safety with Wilson and all involved will be hoping that their second run together can also be a productive one.

Circumstances can change quickly in the NFL.

Less than three years ago, safety Jamal Adams signed a four-year, $72 million deal with the Seahawks. Now, months after being released with time left on that deal, Adams has landed at the other end of the pro football pay scale.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Adams will receive a one-year, $1.125 million salary, with a signing bonus of $167,000.

It’s surprising but it isn’t. Adams has played only 22 games in the last three seasons. He last played a full season in 2018, his second year with the Jets.

A torn quadriceps tendon suffered in the first game of the 2022 season had him in a cast for 20 weeks. He has said he considered retirement following that injury. He ultimately fought his way back, playing in nine games last year.

A three-time Pro Bowler and an All-Pro in 2019, Adams has shown that he can play at a high level. He also attacks the game with a reckless abandon that has tested, and at times has exceeded, the limits of human anatomy.

This year, he’ll have a chance to re-establish himself, in the hopes of getting something more significant in 2025.

The clock is ticking. He turns 29 in October. And even if he stays healthy and puts together a fourth Pro Bowl season in his first year with the Titans, teams will likely be skeptical that it’ll continue in 2025 and beyond.

But that’s why Adams pushed so hard for a second contract from the Seahawks, after not getting one from the Jets following his All-Pro season. He explained it at the press conference announcing the deal.

His father, George, had a pro football career cut short due to injuries. Jamal wanted the protection, and he got it.

Now, he’s playing not for money but because he loves the game. For only the league minimum, plenty of guys would walk away. Many would say Adams should probably do the same. He’s clearly got more work to do, and he’ll be doing it for at least another year.

The Titans are adding a veteran safety.

Tennessee has agreed to terms with Jamal Adams, the team announced on Thursday.

Adams, 28, was released by the Seahawks in March after spending the last four years with the club. The former All-Pro was limited to just 10 games over the last two years due to injury. He recorded 48 total tackles with seven tackles for loss and two passes defensed for Seattle in 2023.

Baltimore hosted Adams for a free-agent visit in May, which was the only known team that had expressed that level of interest in the safety.

In joining the Titans, Adams is reuniting with defensive coordinator Dennard Wilson, who served as Adams’ position coach for the first three years of his career.

In seven seasons, Adams has appeared in 80 games for the Jets and Seahawks. He’s recorded 50 tackles for loss, 42 QB hits, 21.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, 36 passes defensed, and four interceptions in his career.

Safety Amani Hooker is one of the longest-tenured Titans defenders, but that experience didn’t afford him much of a leg up this offseason.

The Titans brought in a new coaching staff this offseason, including defensive coordinator Dennard Wilson, so the scheme is just as new to him as it is to less experienced teammates. While that means Hooker is still learning the ropes, his time with the team has allowed him to identify a key difference from what the team was doing in the past.

“I’ll just say it’s a lot more aggressive,” Hooker said, via the team’s website. “It has been aggressive there’s times when it can be aggressive and there’s times when not to, so our coaches are doing a good job teaching that.”

The Titans added cornerbacks L’Jarius Sneed and Chidobe Awuzie to their defense this offseason and the added experience in the secondary should help them continue to be aggressive this fall. If that aggressiveness translates to turnovers and better field position, their defensive exploits could help set the stage for better offensive results as well.

Fifteen years ago today, former NFL quarterback Steve McNair was killed. He was only 36 years old.

The official explanation was that McNair had been murdered by his 20-year-old girlfriend, Jenny Kazemi, and that she then committed suicide.

The story always seemed incomplete. Suspicions lingered that it was a double murder made to look like a murder-suicide. Six years ago, released a nine-part podcast series on the crime.

The third overall pick in the 1995 draft from Alcorn State, McNair spent 13 years in the NFL. He played for 11 seasons with the Oilers and Titans before finishing his career in 2006 and 2007 with the Ravens.

He led the Titans to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIV, nearly forcing overtime against the Rams with a late drive that ended in receiver Kevin Dyson being tackled just short of a touchdown.

McNair shared the 2003 MVP award with Peyton Manning. He had more than 31,000 career passing yards, and he appeared in 161 regular-season games with 153 starts.

He’s a member of the Titans Ring of Honor, and his No. 9 has been retired by the team.

If you haven’t seen it, the episode of A Football Life devoted to McNair is worth watching.