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Former Chicago Bears wide receiver Rodney Adams has found a new home.

Adams was signed by the New York Jets on Jan. 13 on a reserve/future contract, the Jets announced on their official website.

The 27-year-old wideout spent the 2020 season on the Chicago practice team, and a breakout preseason saw Adams join the 53-man roster for the first time this season — only to be cut a day later. He spent most of the year back on the practice team and was included on the active list for Chicago’s Week 13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Adams, a fifth-round draft pick for the Minnesota Vikings in 2017, retired from the game a year after entering the league and didn’t return until he was reinstated in January 2020. The Bears gave him his first chance after his brief retirement, and now he’ll have another in New York in young QB Zach Wilson.

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Adams led all Bears WRs in receptions and mileage in the 2021 preseason, finishing with 10 catches for 161 yards and a touchdown in three games, including this memorable one 73-yard touchdown by Dalton in the second preseason game against the Buffalo Bills.

He showed lightning playing skills with plays like this:

And he also developed solid chemistry with rookie quarterback Justin Fields during the training camp and the pre-season:

Many were surprised when he had such limited opportunities during the regular season, only appearing in one game despite top wideout Allen Robinson being injured for much of the season. It comes as no shock to see the talented receiver get a shot from another team after the Bears decided not to re-sign him at the end of the season.

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In addition to the Vikings, Adams has also served time on the Indianapolis Colts practice team, so the Jets will be his fourth team. Based on what we saw of him in the 2021 pre-season, you’ve got all the power to go to make the roster.

“For guys who aren’t going to see that much playing time, it’s important to just show what you can do,” Adams said Aug. 25. “Show your skills. Even if it’s like a small thing, like a hitch, show how good you can ride that hitch and open up. Some people won’t make it. I say don’t come down because there are 32 teams there are more leagues out there you can go to. Just keep fighting. If you keep fighting, something will work out.”

“He’s got speed,” ex-Bears head coach Matt Nagy said of Adams in August, according to NBC Sports’ Alex Shapiro. “He has steady hands. He’s learning offense and growing fast at that rate like he understands the conversions and what we’re doing. And he cares. He cares. And he’s a great teammate. So he has a lot of strong qualities. … You like guys like that.”

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