The Seahawks made Jets safety Jamal Adam’s shortlist of teams he would welcome a trade to. But who would Seattle trade in return?
One of the biggest questions surrounding a potential Jamal Adams trade for the Jets is what they would want in return. They want talent, of course, but do they also want players who have skill but also a short contract. Will the Jets want a one-year player in return for Adams basically. If so, the Seahawks have a few they can offer that have both talent and shorter contracts.
Adams himself is currently signed through 2021 so whichever team does trade for him will have him for at least two years. Mike Florio of NBC Sports wrote that in league circles, the thought is that Adams “can be hard to handle.” This means any team getting Adams will have two years to figure out if he is worth keeping around.
Adams put out a list of seven teams that he would welcome a trade for and the Seahawks were among them. This means sense as Seattle has a recent history of having some really good safeties. And head coach Pete Carroll knows how to make any safety better.
So who should Seattle trade back to the Jets if they do want to try to get Adams? Here are three.
Wright was very good in 2019 after coming back from a 2018 injury. In fact, he may have had his best season. So Wright’s talent is still there. Plus, he is good dude. If the Jets want to get rid of Adams partly because of his supposed attitude then getting Wright back is an instant fix.
Wright also has just one year left on his current contract. He could make $10 million in 2020 which is quite a bit but the Jets still have cap space. Plus, if they want to shed salary in 2021, Wright could be let loose. A package of Wright and a high draft pick might be enough for the Jets to make the Adams trade.
I don’t really like this option and Blair won’t be entering the final year of his Seattle contract in 2020, of course, but he is inexpensive to any team as he is still in his rookie deal. Blair also showed in limited time last season that he could be good with more playing time.
Blair could be the face of a future Seahawks Legion of Boom with his ability to hit hard and being good in coverage. Give the Jets Blair and a high pick and maybe the Jets could jump at it.
For the Jets to jump at trading Adams for Flowers, the Seahawks would need to up the ante with a draft pick or two. The Jets do need help at cornerback, though, and Flowers could develop into a good one. Plus, he has two years left on his contract and would be cheap for New York.
Seattle would likely still need to throw in the first round pick in 2021 or two second-rounders. But New York needs a cornerback more than a safety, no matter how good Adams is, and Flowers will help short-term and future draft picks in the long term.