Anthony Adams: Being a free agent this year “really sucks”

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Some of the players hit hardest by the lockout are the unrestricted free agents, who not only have no idea how soon they’ll be able to earn a living again, but also have no idea where they’ll play when the 2011 season starts.

One such player is Anthony Adams, who started all 16 games for the Bears last year and is now an unrestricted free agent. In an ordinary offseason, Adams would have already signed somewhere for the biggest payday of his career, and he’d be busy preparing for the upcoming season and, if he chose to sign with a team other than the Bears, getting his family settled in a new city.

Instead, Adams is playing a waiting game.

“I don’t like it. I don’t like the uncertainty,” Adams said told Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. “It really sucks when you’ve got family, and a kid on the way, and you don’t know where you’re going to be and how long you’ll sign. It’s not ideal, but it’s a part of the business. You have to embrace it, and you have to be ready.”

Adams also realizes that while he was a starter, he’s not a star, and teams won’t be lining up to sign him when the lockout ends. He’ll have to scramble to find a team during a shortened free agency period.

“Guys like me could easily be out of the league and just be forgotten,” Adams said. “It’s got nothing to do with your talent and skill level. It’s just the nature of the business. People can start drafting all these players and fill their rosters up, then they don’t have a spot. That sucks, man.”

19 responses to “Anthony Adams: Being a free agent this year “really sucks”

  1. Anthony, get on the phone and demand from your player rep to start acting like an adult and get the CBA done. You are the typical player that will suffer most because of the big egos in the union. Drew Brees could care less about you and your family. Get on the phone now. Raise hell.

  2. This has been a public service announcement brought to you by Demaurice Smith.

    All the big stars out living it up using their names on a law suit they don’t understand while the lesser know players suffer.

  3. I do feel bad for the players like Anthony Adams. These are the types of stories that the NFL and the NFLPA should take heed to.

    They need to understand how many people this BS actually affects and for what? For absolutely nothing. Because they want more of the owner’s revenue? What a freaking joke.

  4. Well Boo Hoo! The playas knew the nature of the work when they decided to take an extremely well-paying job in the NFL. I think the draft should be before free agency every year, and a reasonable rookie wage scale introduced. Expand the number of rounds in the draft as well. Such an arrangement will limit the teams having to overpay for mediocre free agents just to fill roster spots.

  5. I guarantee you if you ask him whose fault it was, he would start bashing Goodell. That is the problem with this situation. The players don’t know what is going on and they’re told by Smith that it’s Goodell trying to take their money. Who wouldn’t get mad at that? But what they don’t understand is that this is as much (probably more) the unions fault as it is the NFL.

  6. Maybe Mr. Adams should air his grievances with the NFLPA* to be concerned with all of their member’s future welfare, not just the top 5% salary earners. That is, whenever negotiations resume.

  7. Tell your union rep to get off his a$$ and get a deal done.
    Good grief. It’s a business and you should have made a deal before all this mess blew up in your face.

    It’s tough all over, just like the real world. Life sucks for a lot of people, not just football players.

  8. It’s too bad your union brothers don’t give a sh*t about you. Unfortunately you are probably right, you won’t be back in the NFL and alot of players that think the union is fighting for them will soon find themselves without a job as well.

    You my friend are a pawn.

  9. Wait… so you’re saying even if you’re good, you can still be replaced?

    Kind of kills a big part of your leverage in the lockout doesn’t it?

  10. 17 player hating comments.

    Not a true football fan among them.

    Adams is a good guy, good football player and a solid citizen.

    Worth a 100 Jurry “Trust me” Jones’s.

    By the way, MDS seems to be unaware that Adams was drafted in the 2nd round by the Niners and has been a free agent before and therefore his biggest payday is already in his rear view mirror.

  11. saberstud75 says: Apr 2, 2011 7:45 AM

    This has been a public service announcement brought to you by Demaurice Smith.

    All the big stars out living it up using their names on a law suit they don’t understand while the lesser know players suffer.

    Clearly all those players should come to you since THEY don’t understand their own union. Clearly you sir are the smartest person in the world. In fact why are you posting this internet message board when you should be president and fixing all of our problems.

    Or maybe, just maybe it you and us who clearly doesn’t understand that the players are the ones suing so that the league can get back to work in a few days and guys like Adams can get signed over the next month before the draft. Hmm … then again you do seem to think you know everything about a lockout where really almost no info that is valid has come out.

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