‘Small handful’ of NFL teams interested in quarterback Vernon Adams Jr.

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Star CFL quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. has garnered NFL interest since opting out of his contract with the Montreal Alouettes.

According to his agent Cameron Weiss, Adams Jr. has interest from a “small handful” of NFL teams.

“If we’re ever going to pursue this thing, now’s the time for it. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. We’re open to any and all possibilities. There are no preconceived notions on our part,” Weiss told Montreal Gazette reporter Herb Zurkowsky.

“He’s developed a lot since college. He’s really worked at and perfected the finer points. Look at how good he’s been as a passer. He’s taken strides. I think he’s come into his own.”

The 27-year-old threw for 3,942 yards, 24 touchdowns versus 13 interceptions, rushed for 394 yards with a CFL-high-tying 12 majors on the ground while producing a 10-5 win-loss record. He was the East Division all-star quarterback in 2019. After the 2020 CFL season was cancelled due to ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic, Adams Jr. elected to explore NFL employment.

“Given the circumstances, we feel this is the most prudent decision that can be made. This wasn’t done because there’s some sure thing on the other side of the rainbow. But we wanted to have the freedom to explore these options,” Weiss said.

“Obviously the dream of playing in the NFL’s something every football player desires. We never wanted to be in this position. This isn’t some ideal scenario that came our way. We wish he was in the middle of the season right now.”

Adams Jr. went unselected in the 2016 NFL draft, although he attended Seattle and Washington’s rookie mini-camps, but did not receive a contract offer from either team. However, recent game film and production in the CFL, has renewed NFL interest. Multiple teams are starting dual-threat quarterbacks or using packages within the offence for unique athletes.

“It’s a tricky position. You have to get acclimated to an offence. It’s not a shuffle-in, shuffle-out spot on the roster. It’s not just based on talent,” Weiss said.

“Sometimes there’s other parts of the calculus — familiarity with the coaches, the offence, the type of offence and playbook uptake. The proposition of coming down here is not as clear-cut.”