The Seattle Seahawks gave up way too much for safety Jamal Adams not to extend him past 2021. I mean, that is the case, right? Two first round picks, a third round choice, plus? Well, you know, it’s so hard to keep up with what Seattle gave to the Jets for Adams and where those picks land that it isn’t all that important now.
My point is that Jamal Adams is a really good player and adds an element to the Seahawks, just like any other team that Adams would play for, that Seattle doesn’t have. A safety who gets nearly 10 sacks in a season? Ridiculous. We all saw what Adams does in coverage and he isn’t nearly as good. Adams is a glorified linebacker and that is OK. In Seattle’s system, the linebackers are kings.
I also don’t mean to slight Adams. He has more talent at the end of one finger than there would be in 100 of me. But Adams isn’t a ball-hawking strong safety. With the Jets, he was used in lots of formations and played in the box a lot. Seattle used him a lot in the same way.
Jamal Adams will sign a long-term deal with the Seahawks
I also don’t mean to base what Adams did in the playoffs when he only had one arm to try to cover receivers with as an example of Adams’ coverage skills. He is better than what we saw in the playoffs but his truly immense skills lie elsewhere, like creating havoc for opposing quarterbacks and chasing them down.
Jamal Adams isn’t going anywhere. The Seahawks will extend him but when they do, it won’t be until either closer to the start of the season or during the season. The salary cap will open back up next offseason and Seattle will have more money to play with. Extended Adams now just doesn’t make financial sense.
They could give him a huge signing bonus and prorate that over several seasons and save cap space over the first couple of years of the contract. With every successive year, Adams’ cap hit won’t really go down but the salary cap overall should go up so his contract won’t be so cumbersome.
But there is no way that Jamal Adams isn’t with the Seahawks in 2022 or 2025. Adams is the new Kam Chancellor/Earl Thomas hybrid and he is going to be collecting sacks, and hopefully an interception of five, for Seattle for years to come.