The phone appeared on Bradley McDougald’s mobile cell phone even though eating with loved ones users throughout a stop by to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio very last week.
It was Seahawks basic manager John Schneider.
“My initial response when I noticed he was contacting was that I was in difficulties,’’ McDougald recalled Friday by way of a Zoom call. “Then I recognized I hadn’t done something and was like, ‘OK, this is strange.’ You don’t truly talk to the GM each day. Then, all I keep in mind was he said, ‘We just traded you to the Jets.’
“He ongoing to talk for like two additional minutes and but all I listened to was, ‘Jets … Jets … Jets,’ and I’m like, ‘Wait, you said I just received traded to the Jets?’ It hadn’t even processed yet. At to start with, I was struck, I felt deserted [like] they just kicked me out and they did not care about me or worth me there.
“But [then] I began to consider about how substantially of a blessing this was —another possibility,’’ the eighth-calendar year safety went on. “I can appear into a program that wished me. They did their research and they traded for me. I had to start imagining about all the positives.’’
This is the stark juxtaposition among McDougald, whom the Jets obtained along with two Seattle first-round draft picks and a third-rounder in trade for a 2022 fourth-spherical decide on and Jamal Adams, whom the Jets drafted sixth overall in 2017.
McDougald centered on the positives whilst Adams, for the past 6 months, was fixated on only a person issue: Himself and the agreement wants he demanded be fulfilled yesterday despite the planet currently being in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic with persons getting rid of their livelihoods or worse, their lives.
In the close, right before the Jets eventually moved him for what can not be thought of just about anything other than an outstanding haul, Adams experienced grow to be an untenable distraction to his group.
Following he rapidly weighed in publicly on the current allegations of sexist and racist remark from group proprietor Woody Johnson, torched head coach Adam Gase as a horrible chief, called basic manager Joe Douglas a liar and ripped absolutely everyone apart from the MetLife Stadium sizzling pet dog suppliers for his unhappiness, it was likely to be unattainable for Adams to coexist inside of a Jets locker room that no lengthier preferred him around.
Lauded by so lots of men and women about him at LSU in advance of he turned a Jet as a younger male with special leadership features, Adams regrettably never ever filled that bill, instead devolving on to a stereotypical me-first athlete whom some teammates had been drawn to and many others cynically rolled their eyes at.
Enter McDougald, who produced five interceptions and 4 forced fumbles in the previous two seasons with Seattle when Adams had two interceptions and 5 compelled fumbles in the similar span as a Jet.
And listening to him talk on Friday, McDougald sounded truly stoked to be a Jet, which is mild yrs from the way Adams felt as he used every waking hour of the earlier 5 months hoping to six-shoot his way out of town by way of a sequence of social media rants.
If they’re ever likely to locate results, the Jets need far more gamers stoked to be on their workforce like McDougald appears to be and significantly less complainers like Adams.
McDougald called the Jets investing for him “an honor.’’
“For an undrafted kid to get traded for anyone as higher-valued as Jamal is fairly amazing,’’ he explained. “Speaking to a couple coaches and guys in the locker space, they were excited to have me. This is not me getting right here to switch Jamal. The only detail I can do is show up just about every working day and … be the very best Bradley McDougald, and hopefully that wins about my coaches, the gamers and the fans. That’s who I intend on remaining. I simply cannot be Jamal. I’m not the very same individual as Jamal.’’
Very good information for Jets followers. Welcome, Bradley McDougald. Excellent riddance, Jamal Adams.