This article suggests what a lot of us have been thinking for a long time- that Safety play for the hawks has been terrible this year, despite Grant and Russell being the guys Ruskell hand-picked. The encouraging thing about this article is that the source is supposedly a team insider. This is a big positive because another year of Russell would be torture/suicide.
I am very happy to read this, because we have been hearing through the media about Wilson/Jennings switching roles, etc. While CB play has left something to be desired, these guys are young and have upside. There was strange silence about the horrible play of Russell and to a lesser extent Grant, guys whose skills are going nowhere but down.
The article also mentions that our safeties have blitzed a lot and not gotten to the QB, another quality observation.
My hope is that this supposed team insider is among the camp that will be running this team in years to come. Russell should be cut. His salary is sort of high also which makes him an easy cut to swallow. Grant is supposedly playing hurt. He is 29, but has been superhumanly durable over his career. I believe he is hurt after how he went down against Green Bay this year. I would expect after potential off-season surgery, that he will be good to go next year and be a solid contributor for another few years. At the SS position (where he has done pretty well), he won't suffer as much from losing a little speed each year.
A nice FS addition from the draft at or around the 3rd round and a healthy Grant would make a world of difference. I see Adams more as depth and competition for Babineaux at the dime spot. Of course, I would be happy to be wrong.