Monday marks the conclusion of the second full week since members of the Seattle Seahawks reported for training camp on the final Tuesday in July. In the time since then, the reports out of training camp have fans excited. From the new offense under Shane Waldron, which could potentially be the most exciting Seattle offense since the first half of 2020, while the defense has seen multiple reports of fantastic displays of athleticism from the many new faces.
However, hanging over the excitement are the holdins being staged by Duane Brown and Jamal Adams. Brown, of course, is reported to not be pleased with not having a new contract, but according to Pete Carroll there is no plan for Brown to see the field during the preseason so his lack of participation in practice is not all that significant.
However, when it comes to Adams, in his Monday edition of Football Morning In America Peter King gave an update that in the end is not all that much of an update. Specifically, he noted:
I hear the Seahawks have stretched themselves quite a bit for Adams, but he’s still not happy with the offer, and if you know Seattle’s negotiating stance, it’s not likely the offer’s going to change much now.
The most interesting parts of this are the first and last, which the middle is kind of a no brainer. The idea that Adams is “still not happy with the offer” is one of those things that really need not be said. Quite simply, if Adams were happy with the offer he would have accepted it and would already be under contract past 2021.
However, that “the Seahawks have stretched themselves quite a bit” is interesting in showing that not only has the team apparently upped its offer from where negotiations started, it may have offered more than it had planned to. Combining that with the last part of the statement, that, “if you know Seattle’s negotiating stance, it’s not likely the offer’s going to change much now,” and it quickly becomes difficult not to see some parallels between Adams’ current situation and the recent situation of Frank Clark in 2018.
Like Adams, Clark was in the final year of his rookie contract and looking for a significant contract, reportedly in the $20M per year range. The Hawks were unwilling to meet those demands for Clark, however, and the final result was a trade that saw the team receive a first and second round pick from the Kansas City Chiefs, who were willing to give Clark the contract he was looking for. Whether the current situation winds up similarly, as King notes, the Seahawks are unlikely to change their offer much now.
In particular, Seattle has a habit of not negotiating extensions during the season, and while there are still 34 days before the Week 1 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, that time could pass quickly.
If both sides have dug in firmly, it could be just a matter of time before Seattle is forced to make a decision on whether or not to use a franchise tag on Adams next offseason.