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Bradley McDougald thanks Seahawks organization and fans after being traded to New York Jets

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The Seattle Seahawks made the shock decision to trade for New York Jets safety Jamal Adams on Saturday, sending two first-round draft picks and a 2021 third-rounder to the Meadowlands, but also veteran safety Bradley McDougald.

Originally a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, McDougald proved to be a quality free agent signing made by John Schneider, as he went from versatile reserve safety to full-time starter by the end of the 2017 season. He’s racked up five interceptions, four forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries during his time in Seattle, and was one of the more consistent performers in the secondary.

With his contract expiring after this season, McDougald looked like someone who was at risk of being a cap casualty. Instead, he ends up traded outright for one of the premier young defensive stars in the league.

It sucks to see McDougald leave but that’s the nature of the business, and Bradley was as classy as ever in his parting speech.

“From the bottom of my heart I’d like to thank to @Seahawks and the whole 12 fan base for not only giving me the opportunity but accepting me and making my time there memorable! Thank you for believing in me and allowing me to show my talents. Luv4eva #BM30,” tweeted McDougald.

Best wishes to McDougald as he heads back to the eastern part of the US. If the season happens “as normal” then he’ll return to Seattle in December when the Jets play the Seahawks.