New Titans wide receiver Adam Humphries admitted that the New England Patriots tried to poach him away with more money, even after he agreed to terms with Tennessee.
But Humphries said Thursday to the Nashville media that he is a man of his word and is happy to be a Titan. Humphries signed his four-year, $26 million deal on Thursday, three days after agreeing to terms. He will receive $12 million in fully guaranteed money, including a $10 million signing bonus.
“When I committed to Tennessee, obviously I’m a man of my word, and I’m going to keep my word there. But it’s tough. It’s a big decision and it’s a decision that’s going to impact me for the rest of my life,” Humphries said. “Obviously, it took a lot of thought. Having family around me was good. But once I committed to Tennessee, I was really excited to be a Titan.”
Humphries, who spent the first four years of his NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, rising to become the Bucs’ slot receiver, caught 76 passes last season and has increased his reception total each year of his four-year career.
He admits the Patriots’ offer was tempting, but he was sold on the Titans.
“It was definitely my understanding (that the Patriots wanted me). I was weighing the options of both teams. It was tough. Obviously, they’ve had a lot of success with guys similar to me. And everything I’ve said to you guys about why I’ve chose here is true and I’m excited to work with his team and propel them to great things and a playoff run,” he said.
Humphries also has a fan in the man who signed him, Titans GM Jon Robinson, who also had a hand in him landing in Tampa. He came to the Buccaneers as an undrafted rookie from Clemson on a tryout deal and further bucked the odds by making the 53-man roster for opening day in 2015.
“It’s a comfort level knowing that the leader of this team is a big supporter of me and knows my game and knows what I can bring to the table. It just adds a different type of comfort level coming in there,” Humphries said.
But being a self-made player, has helped to keep Humphries sharp in his approach.
“Being a rookie tryout, being a two-star receiver coming out of high school, even after this contract, I’m going to have a chip on my shoulder anywhere I go, every time I step on the field. That’s just my mentality, to get better each and every year,” he said.
Humphries is expected to operate primarily from the slot for the Titans, but also is comfortable on the outside. He also has experience as a punt returner, something the Titans might want to explore after struggling in that area in 2018.