The decision appeared on Bradley McDougald’s cellular phone whereas eating with members of the family throughout a go to to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio final week.
It was Seahawks basic supervisor John Schneider.
“My first response once I noticed he was calling was that I used to be in bother,’’ McDougald recalled Friday by way of a Zoom name. “Then I noticed I hadn’t performed something and was like, ‘OK, that is bizarre.’ You don’t actually discuss to the GM every single day. Then, all I bear in mind was he stated, ‘We simply traded you to the Jets.’
“He continued to talk for like two extra minutes and however all I heard was, ‘Jets … Jets … Jets,’ and I’m like, ‘Wait, you stated I simply obtained traded to the Jets?’ It hadn’t even processed but. At first, I used to be struck, I felt deserted [like] they simply kicked me out they usually didn’t care about me or worth me there.
“However [then] I began to consider how a lot of a blessing this was —one other alternative,’’ the eighth-year security went on. “I can come right into a program that needed me. They did their homework they usually traded for me. I needed to begin eager about all of the positives.’’
That is the stark juxtaposition between McDougald, whom the Jets acquired together with two Seattle first-round draft picks and a third-rounder in trade for a 2022 fourth-round decide and Jamal Adams, whom the Jets drafted sixth total in 2017.
McDougald centered on the positives whereas Adams, for the previous six months, was fixated on just one factor: Himself and the contract needs he demanded be fulfilled yesterday regardless of the world being within the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic with folks shedding their livelihoods or worse, their lives.
In the long run, earlier than the Jets lastly moved him for what can’t be thought-about something aside from a formidable haul, Adams had develop into an untenable distraction to his crew.
After he shortly weighed in publicly on the latest allegations of sexist and racist remark in opposition to crew proprietor Woody Johnson, torched head coach Adam Gase as a horrible chief, known as basic supervisor Joe Douglas a liar and ripped everybody besides the MetLife Stadium sizzling canine distributors for his unhappiness, it was going to be unattainable for Adams to coexist inside a Jets locker room that now not needed him round.
Lauded by so many individuals round him at LSU earlier than he grew to become a Jet as a younger man with particular management traits, Adams sadly by no means stuffed that invoice, as an alternative devolving onto a stereotypical me-first athlete whom some teammates had been drawn to and others cynically rolled their eyes at.
Enter McDougald, who produced 5 interceptions and 4 compelled fumbles prior to now two seasons with Seattle whereas Adams had two interceptions and 5 compelled fumbles in the identical span as a Jet.
And listening to him converse on Friday, McDougald sounded genuinely stoked to be a Jet, which is mild years from the best way Adams felt as he spent each waking hour of the previous 5 months attempting to six-shoot his manner out of city by way of a sequence of social media rants.
In the event that they’re ever going to search out success, the Jets want extra gamers stoked to be on their crew like McDougald seems to be and fewer complainers like Adams.
McDougald known as the Jets buying and selling for him “an honor.’’
“For an undrafted child to get traded for any individual as high-valued as Jamal is fairly cool,’’ he stated. “Talking to some coaches and guys within the locker room, they had been excited to have me. This isn’t me being right here to switch Jamal. The one factor I can do is present up every single day and … be the most effective Bradley McDougald, and hopefully that wins over my coaches, the gamers and the followers. That’s who I intend on being. I can’t be Jamal. I’m not the identical individual as Jamal.’’
Excellent news for Jets followers. Welcome, Bradley McDougald. Good riddance, Jamal Adams.