Jamal Adams says his "plan is to retire" with the Seattle Seahawks after being traded by the New York Jets.

The All-Pro safety was last week shipped to the NFC West franchise by the Jets, who landed two first-round draft picks, a 2021 third-rounder and Bradley McDougald in exchange for Adams and a fourth-round selection in 2022.

Jets general manager Joe Douglas had previously expressed a wish to make Adams "a Jet for life", with the defensive back saying at the time "I want to be a Jet for life too".

However, the relationship between Adams and the Jets deteriorated in recent months after the 24-year-old became angry at hearing his name in trade rumours last season.

Adams' frustration at not getting a new contract led to him requesting a trade last month and he then took public shots at both head coach Adam Gase and Douglas shortly before the trade went down.

The Seahawks have inherited the final two years of Adams' rookie contract but his wish to become the highest-paid safety in the league has not gone away.

"The plan is to retire here," Adams told reporters.

"This is my plan. But obviously, those things handle themselves. When all you have to do is just go on the field and perform, do the right things on and off the field, and those things will take care of itself, man.

"So I'm very excited to be here. I know the rest of the guys are excited to have me, and the coaching staff, and everybody else. So again, man, we'll worry about that when the time comes."

Given the Jets had Adams had under contract through 2021, it seemed he had little leverage to try and force his way out of New York.

But the two first-round picks ultimately swayed Douglas and left Adams elated that he had a fresh start elsewhere for his fourth season in the league.

"When I got the call, honestly, I broke down in tears of joy," Adams added.

"A lot of mixed emotions. I'm gonna miss a lot of the guys over there. But at the end of the day, man, this was my calling. This was where I need to be."

Adam Gase cited Jamal Adams' reluctance to remain a part of the New York Jets as one of the reasons behind his blockbuster trade to the Seattle Seahawks.

All-Pro safety Adams was shipped to the Seahawks on Saturday in a move which cost Seattle two first-round picks and defensive back Bradley McDougald.

While the haul the Jets recouped was significant, they gave away their best player of the past decade, and one who was under contract for at least the next two seasons.

However, Adams' relationship with the Jets had been strained ever since his name did the rounds in trade rumours midway through the 2019 campaign, and he publicly took shots at both Gase and general manager Joe Douglas just a day before the move was announced.

Upon learning he had been dealt, Adams - who had requested a trade from the Jets this offseason having been frustrated at a lack of progress on contract talks - filmed himself smoking a cigar and Gase suggested his desire to leave was a motivating factor behind his departure.

"Every situation is different with every player. For us, we look at it as we want guys who want to be here," Gase told reporters on a conference call.

"Obviously he didn't want to be here anymore so the decision was made to move on.

"It's a team game. We've got a bunch of guys that are excited to get going and those are the guys that I'm going to focus on. I'm extremely fired up to get this roster that Joe D and our personnel guys did a great job of assembling this offseason.

"From the conversations I've had with a lot of guys, they're extremely excited to get this thing rolling."

Adams had suggested Gase, who led the Jets to a 7-9 record in his first year as head coach in 2019, was not "the right leader" for a franchise with a recent history of repeated woe.

Yet the Jets head coach elected not to bite back at Adams on Tuesday.

"We wish him nothing but the best," Gase added.

"He was an incredible talent that I feel lucky enough to be around for that year. The whole situation ends up being a win-win for both sides."

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he now regrets not signing quarterback Colin Kaepernick on two separate occasions.

The Seahawks considered signing Kaepernick in 2017 when they had him in for a visit, and again before the 2018 season.

"I regret that it didn't happen, in some fashion," Carroll said on an online Zoom call on Thursday.

"I wish we would have contributed to it because the guy deserved to play. 

"I thought, at the time, in our situation, as a backup, I just didn't feel right, at that time. So, I had to make that football decision. It was about our team. We had our starting quarterback, all of that. And it wasn't going to be the open, competitive situation that I like to think our spots are, because Russ [Wilson] is such a dominant figure."

Carroll said Kaepernick contacted him during the 2017 offseason after the San Francisco 49ers and the quarterback mutually parted ways amid the national controversy over his kneeling during anthems the previous season.

"He had called out of the blue, to ask me advice about where he would go next," Carroll said. "I was flattered that he would even think to call me, because we had never talked before other than just greetings.

"We had great meetings, we spent the day together. He spent time with our people throughout the building, and almost a full day. And he was awesome. The fact that it didn't work out for us, I figured he'd go somewhere else and start for sure. And it just didn't happen."

Seattle considered Kaepernick again the following year when they were looking for an experienced quarterback to back up Wilson.

"It just didn't come together," Carroll said.

Carroll said not signing Kaepernick had nothing to do with his anthem protests.

"There was stuff in the media that we were concerned about him taking a knee, or whatever. That never even came up in our conversations. That was never even an issue for us," he said.

Carlos Hyde believes the NFL can prove it is making progress by bringing back quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Amid anti-racism protests in the United States and around the world after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month, the NFL apologised for not listening to its players earlier.

Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem, starting in 2016, in protest against racial injustice and police brutality, but that was the last season the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback played in the NFL.

Hyde, a former team-mate of Kaepernick's at the 49ers, said the quarterback should be signed by another team.

"The NFL could start by signing 'Kaep' back," the Seattle Seahawks running back said on Monday.

"If they sign 'Kaep' back, that'll show that they're really trying to move in a different direction. 'Kaep' was making the statement four years ago about what's going on in today's world, and the NFL didn't bother to listen to him then.

"I think they should start by doing that."

Hyde, who signed with the Seahawks last month, said he agreed with Kaepernick's move in 2016.

"I remember 'Kaep' making his peaceful protest, and I was all for it. I understand the message he was putting out," he said.

"I understood, because I came from Cincinnati, Ohio – Lincoln Heights in Cincinnati, it's not the best area. I would see police brutality, pretty much everybody in the neighbourhood struggling, violence, drugs, all that. There's not opportunity there.

"I was fortunate enough to have my grandmother live in Naples, Florida, so I was able to get away from all of that and pretty much start my life over.

"But not everybody is fortunate enough to have grandparents who live other places. So with that, I was all for what 'Kaep' was saying, I'm still for it."

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is praying to see the end of "a lot of hate" in the United States as protests continue in the country.

Protests have broken out across the USA in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an African-American man who died in Minneapolis after a police officer was filmed kneeling on his neck during an arrest last week.

Seahawks star Wilson, who has played in the NFL since 2012 and is a Super Bowl winner, is hoping for change in the country.

"Ultimately, it's a lot of pain, there's a lot of history in America. There's a lot of hate in America, there's a lot of division. I pray that we can be better as people," he told reporters via a video call on Wednesday.

"Some of this police brutality is staggering, and honestly that's not something I understand fully. It's pretty emotional just to watch some of the videos. Even in Seattle, my home, watching the things happening there, it's pretty heavy.

"It's important that we understand that being black is a real thing in America, it's a real thing in the sense of the history and pain, even my own family personally – my great, great grandparents were slaves.

"There's a lot of history there, and what I'm praying for is that we learn how to love and to communicate and to overcome, to try to have perspective."

Wilson, 31, said he had a "heavy heart" as he considered the future of his family.

"The reality is that me as a black person, people are getting murdered on the street, people are getting shot down, and it's not like that for every other race," he said.

"I think about my stepson, I think about my daughter, I think about our new baby boy on the way. It's staggering to watch these things happen right in front of our faces. So I have a heavy heart right now."

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Seattle Seahawks star Russell Wilson made their first public statements since the death of George Floyd sparked protests against racially driven police brutality in the United States.

Floyd died in police custody last Monday in Minneapolis when an officer kneeled on his neck while he lay handcuffed on the ground, leading to widespread demonstrations and riots in multiple American cities.

Wilson said he fears for the lives of his children in the current climate, recalling stories he heard of the tension and violence of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s, saying, "The past has never left us."

"As a stepdad to one of the most amazing kids I've ever known, a young boy with so much passion, talent, intelligence, and love for others; as a father to one of the most bright, brilliant and vibrant young girls in the world and a new baby boy on the way . . . I fear," Wilson wrote on Twitter.

"I fear for their lives just like my grandmother feared for my dad's life and the lives of her other children. I fear because of the colour of their beautiful chocolate skin.

"The video of George Floyd broke my heart. Seeing someone's life taken so cruelly makes us want to rage and lash out. 

"But then I ask myself, what would George Floyd want? He told us. He just wanted his mother. He wanted his life. He simply wanted to breathe."

Mahomes said he has been "blessed to be accepted" as a mixed-race man and hopes sports can provide a blueprint for greater racial harmony in the future.  

"The senseless murders that we have witnessed are wrong and cannot continue in our country," Mahomes said. "All I can think about is how I grew up in a locker room where people from every race, every background, and every community came together and became brothers to accomplish a single goal. 

"I hope that our country can learn from the injustices that we have witnessed to become more like the locker room where everyone is accepted. We all need to treat each other like brothers and sisters, and become something better."

Mahomes, the 2018 NFL MVP, led the Chiefs to a Super Bowl victory in February, while Wilson is a seven-time Pro Bowl selection who helped the Seahawks win the Super Bowl following the 2013 season.  

The legal representatives for Quinton Dunbar and Deandre Baker - the two NFL cornerbacks charged over an alleged armed robbery - claimed their clients have been released from jail after posting bail.

The Miramar Police Department issued arrest warrants for Seattle Seahawks corner Dunbar and New York Giants defensive back Baker over an incident that occurred in Florida last Wednesday, where money and watches were allegedly stolen.

Baker was wanted on four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, while Dunbar was wanted on four counts of armed robbery with a firearm.

Dunbar and Baker turned themselves in at Broward County Jail over the weekend and their respective attorneys both announced on social media that they had been released after posting bonds.

Dunbar, who was traded from the Washington Redskins to the Seahawks in March, issued a statement through his attorney Michael Grieco in which he apologised for "any unnecessary distractions".

In the statement, posted on Grieco's Twitter account, Dunbar said: "I would like to thank all my fans for their support and apologise to the Seattle Seahawks organisation for any unnecessary distractions that these allegations against me may have caused.

"In addition, I am very grateful to be a part of a team that supports one another and uphold the credibility of each of its members through adverse situations.

"Moving forward, this entire situation has taught me how to not associate myself with environments that may mischaracterise my values and who I am."

The attorney for Baker, a first-round draft pick for the Giants in 2019, announced on Instagram that his client was also out on bail.

Bradford Cohen has said there are "affidavits from several witnesses that exonerate my client".

New York Giants cornerback Deandre Baker and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar turned themselves in to the Miramar Police Department in Florida on Saturday after both were charged with armed robbery.

Baker and Dunbar were issued warrants for their arrests on Thursday stemming from a May 13 incident.

The men are accused of stealing money and watches with force while armed with semi-automatic firearms. Baker allegedly intentionally threatened victims with a firearm.

Baker is facing four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. Dunbar is charged with four counts of armed robbery with a firearm.

Baker's lawyer, Bradford Cohen, said he has several affidavits that will clear Baker.

"We believe our client is innocent of all charges," Cohen said. "We urge people not to rush to judgment. We have affidavits from several witnesses that exonerate my client."

Dunbar's attorney, Michael Grieco, said he has passed along five sworn affidavits from witnesses that exonerated his client from wrongdoing to the state attorney's office.

In other NFL news, Washington Redskins receiver Cody Latimer was arrested in Colorado on Saturday on felony charges of assault in the second degree, menacing and illegal discharge of a firearm.

According to a Douglas County Sheriff's Department report, a witness heard gunshots and arguing inside an apartment.

When the responding officers arrived, they found three individuals who were all detained. One person had minor injuries, which were not related to a gunshot.

Latimer was released on $25,000 bond and is facing misdemeanour charges of prohibited use of a weapon and reckless endangerment.

NFL players Deandre Baker and Quinton Dunbar are wanted by United States police for alleged armed robbery at a party in Florida.

Arrest warrants have been issued for both men, Miramar Police announced, after witnesses reported a disturbance at a gathering held on Wednesday evening.

According to an affidavit issued by the Miramar force, Baker, 22, who is a cornerback for the New York Giants, and Dunbar, 27, who plays for the Seattle Seahawks, are accused of being involved in the theft of thousands of dollars in cash plus watches.

Police quoted witnesses that said guns were used in the robberies.

Baker is wanted on four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, Miramar Police said.

Dunbar is subject to an arrest warrant for four counts of armed robbery with a firearm.

Both men are Florida natives.

Baker was a first-round draft pick in 2019 for the Giants, who traded up to 30th to select him.

Dunbar, who had four interceptions with the Washington Redskins last year, was traded to the Seahawks for a fifth-round pick in March.

Jadeveon Clowney told prospective suitors not to be put off by his injury history as the free agent waits to sign with an NFL team for 2020.

The 27-year-old defensive end, a three-time Pro Bowler, is one of the most high-profile free agents that remains unsigned after last month's NFL Draft.

However, given he has played all 16 games in a campaign just once in his six seasons in the league and is thought to want around $17million a season, teams could be put off signing Clowney until they make medical checks.

That is difficult currently due to the lockdowns imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, yet Clowney has assured franchises he will be good to go once the offseason camps begin.

"I don't know if people think I'm hurting because of what I went through because of the core [injury] or because [of injuries] in previous years," he told Fox 26.

"But I just want to let people know I'm ready, and I'm gonna be ready to go whenever the time comes.

"I've got a few [offers], but the process for me is really just weighing my options and taking my time.

"I ain't in no rush right now. I know with what's going on right now in the world, with the coronavirus and everything, it's a slow process until teams really can see me and see what I got and give me physicals and everything.

"So I ain't in no rush. I'm just waiting on the right opportunity and the right timing for me."

Clowney, the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, was traded to the Seattle Seahawks last year and the NFC West franchise are thought to be keen on a reunion.

The feeling is mutual, with Clowney having fond memories of his year in Seattle.

"I love Seattle," he said.

"I love everybody on the coaching staff. I wouldn't trade those guys in. I hope we can work something out."

Clowney has also been linked with the Cleveland Browns.

He has had 32 sacks in his six seasons in the NFL, including three last year with the Seahawks.

Marshawn Lynch said his agent has been in talks with the Seattle Seahawks about a potential return.

Lynch came out of retirement to re-join the Seahawks in December – prior to week 17 of last season – playing three games for Seattle en route to the NFC Divisional round.

A Super Bowl champion with the Seahawks in 2013, running back Lynch – who first signed for Seattle from the Buffalo Bills in 2010 – is now a free agent.

Asked about his future on Monday, the 34-year-old told ESPN: "Well, it's almost on that 'expect the unexpected.

"But just as far as right now, what I do know is, I'm'a keep it solid. My agent [Doug Hendrickson] has been in talks with Seattle, so like I said, we'll see what happens.

"If it works out and I get back up there, it is what it is. And if not, s***, I'm lookin' good. So I ain't really trippin' too much."

Lynch returned to Seattle last season following injuries to starter Chris Carson and back-up C.J. Prosise.

The five-time Pro Bowler made one regular-season appearance and two in the playoffs, carrying 30 times for 67 yards and four touchdowns.

Will Ferrell crashed the Seattle Seahawks' virtual team meeting in hilarious fashion on Thursday.

The Seahawks held a video call amid the coronavirus pandemic, and they took the chance to introduce one of their new recruits, Greg Olsen.

The introduction crossed to American actor and comedian Ferrell, who played his role as the former Carolina Panthers tight end.

"Coach, thanks so much, so excited to be here," he said.

"I'm so excited to be a Seahawk and excited to play with you Russ [Wilson]. Russ, I love you, I mean I love you, I love the way you play.

"I love the way you handle yourself as a human being, I mean I love you, let's make a baby, you know."

Ferrell later pulled up his Seahawks jersey after saying he had been working out, denying he needed to work on his core.

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