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Seahawks trade Bradley McDougald, two first-round picks for star Jets safety Jamal Adams

Oakland Raiders v New York Jets Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

It’s happening! I didn’t think it would happen, but it’s happening.

Hugely talented New York Jets safety Jamal Adams wanted to be traded, and now he’s on his way to none other than the Seattle Seahawks.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that veteran safety Bradley McDougald (who was on an expiring contract), along with two first-round picks and a 2021 third-rounder to the Jets for one of the best young defensive stars in the league.

We knew that Adams would cost quite a bit to acquire but I’m still shocked that the Seahawks even did this. That is a ton of draft capital they’ve given up, even for someone as good as Adams. If this trade works, then Seattle has a potentially fantastic safety trio of Adams, Quandre Diggs, and Marquise Blair. If it backfires... this is the type of trade that could be the undoing of John Schneider and Pete Carroll. It’s a “win now” trade in ways that we’ve not really seen out of Seattle, even by their shock offseason trade standards.

Presumably the Seahawks will oblige and find a way to make Adams the highest paid safety in the NFL as he demanded but was unable to get from the Jets. Eddie Jackson of the Chicago Bears has that current mark at just under $15 million per year. Adams is under contract through 2021 as things stand right now.

Adams is a 2x All-Pro and 2x Pro Bowl selection out of LSU. In addition to his great skills in pass coverage, he is a phenomenal blitzer who racked up 6.5 sacks in 2019. At just 24 years old he is someone whose best years are yet to come. Seattle may still have huge question marks concerning its defensive line, but Schneider wasn’t kidding around when he said he was not pleased with the secondary’s performance last year.