It’s not uncommon to see the Seattle Seahawks make a splash trade in the offseason (or during the preseason), and perhaps the 2020 season may be no exception.
Disgruntled New York Jets safety Jamal Adams wants out of the Meadowlands, and one team that is looking at possibly bringing him in is the Seahawks. Corbin Smith and Jake Heaps had the initial report, which was confirmed by Rob Rang.
League source confirms reports from buddies @jtheaps9 and @CorbinSmithNFL that the #Seahawks are indeed, among the teams which have inquired about the availability of #Jets All-Pro safety Jamal Adams.— Rob Rang (@RobRang) July 9, 2020
Now uh... not to spoil the party here, but Smith’s report also notes that the San Francisco 49ers have also had preliminary discussion about landing one of the best defensive players in the league.
Adams wants a new contract from the Jets and is reoprtedly seeking to become the league’s highest paid safety, a standard set by the Chicago Bears’ Eddie Jackson at $14.6 million per year. He’s made Second-Team and First-Team All-Pro over his last two seasons. He’s a talented blitzer (6.5 sacks in 2019) and he’s a standout in pass coverage.
Jamal Adams Catch Rate Allowed Over Expectation (2019): -17.8%— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) June 18, 2020
Only three safeties were more productive relative to expectation when targeted as the nearest defender: Earl Thomas (-24.9%), Chandon Sullivan (-21.9%) and Eddie Jackson (-20.9%), min. 20 targets
Of course, just because Adams wants a trade doesn’t mean the Jets will let him go. And one would assume that getting Adams would involve a first-round draft pick. Our own Alistair Corp had posed this question on Twitter and thus far it seems Seahawks fans would rather trade for Adams over Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones.
Here are two hypothetical scenarios for you:— Alistair Corp (@byalistaircorp) July 9, 2020
- Seahawks trade a 1st and a 2nd for Chris Jones, sign him to a long-term deal at $21M AAV.
- Seahawks trade a 1st and a 2nd for Jamal Adams, sign him to a long-term deal at $15M AAV.
Without getting into too much speculation, it’s worth noting that Bradley McDougald’s contract is up at the end of this season. Adams is five years younger and while he may be more expensive, he’s accomplished quite a bit individually while playing for such a poor franchise.
We’ll see if “preliminary discussions” become more than that for John Schneider and Pete Carroll.