Veteran CFL receiver Darvin Adams is nothing if not honest.
Following six seasons in Winnipeg and back-to-back Grey Cup wins, the 32-year-old hoped to re-sign with the Blue Bombers for the 2022 season and take a run at a three-peat.
“I can’t sit up and lie like I didn’t want to go back to Winnipeg, but this is a business and the front office didn’t want to come with the numbers that I was looking for,” Adams said on TSN 1200 radio in Ottawa.
After earning $125,000 in 2019 and $115,000 prorated last season in the Manitoba capital, Adams signed a one-year contract in the nation’s capital for $127,000 in hard money — according to 3DownNation insider Justin Dunk. The six-foot-two, 204-pound pass catcher spent six seasons with Winnipeg and helped establish a winning culture in the locker room.
“I was kind of hurt behind the situation because I had been there so many years. I thought I had a better relationship with some of the guys in the front office, but I guess not. But it’s nothing to complain about, it’s nothing to be down about, I’m just happy to take my talents to Ottawa,” Adams said.
“I felt like Ottawa was the next best place for me, of course I was thinking Winnipeg was the best place for me, but I feel like Ottawa is the best place for me. I like the GM [Shawn Burke], I like what he’s doing, I like the attitude that he comes with, the way that they approached me.”
Through 91 career CFL games, Adams has recorded 343 receptions for 4,928 yards with 40 touchdowns while averaging 14.4 yards per catch. He earned West Division all-star honours in 2017 and 2018, both of those years Adams produced 1,000-yard campaigns. However, the last two seasons combined in blue and gold, he registered 990 yards.
“Honestly, just look at the numbers. You can see the amount of targets that I had and the amount of catches, so I wasn’t getting the ball as much as I used to — it has nothing to do with my abilities or nothing like that, I’ll definitely show that this year,” Adams said.
“I’m not about too much talking, I like to show it and when it shows it’s going to be obvious — most definitely I’ll get more catches than the last couple of years. I’m happy to be in Ottawa and start a new career here.”
Also with the Redblacks, Adams reunites with head coach Paul LaPolice who was his offensive coordinator for four years in Winnipeg. He was the play-caller when Adams put up the best single-season totals of his career, 76 grabs, 1,120 yards, 10 touchdowns.
“I like what Ottawa has going on, especially with the signing of some free agents and of course the relationship I have with LaPo,” Adams said.
“I like to be real, I like to be honest, I like to be upfront and they let me know what they wanted and I just so happened to agree.”