The Seahawks are going to do what they always do. Now that the draft is over, that means focusing on low-key free agents and extending current players like safety Jamal Adams.
Jamal Adams, in my opinion, is the most likely extension candidate on the roster. As far as I can tell, it looks unlikely Adams will play on his 5th-year option. If he did, you best believe there would be yet another media circus surrounding this issue.
Adams wanted to get paid last year. Don’t underestimate his desire to get paid. One of the biggest reasons for Jamal Adams leaving the Jets was due to the lack of extension talks. He quickly lost trust in the new regime and forced his way out.
If the Seahawks were going to trade Jamal Adams, they would have done it before the end of the draft
Adams wants to be paid. He wants to be paid now. This is where things will get tricky. Seattle has been a cesspool for contractual drama over the last few seasons. Between Russell Wilson’s endless disputes, to Bobby Wagner’s holdout, to Frank Clark demanding monstrous money and eventually being dealt. Seattle has been a non-stop fountain of player-organization drama for the media to fee off.
Seattle is trying to re-establish the best in its class NFL culture. Paying your stars with as little drama (at least published drama) helps build your case as a world-class organization. A place where other stars want to be. A place where they are respected, well paid, and ultimately willing to lay it all out for the team.
Behind closed doors, this is a leverage battle. Jamal Adams currently holds the upper hand. However, Seattle does have a few very good points keeping the negotiations semi-balanced. In the next slide, I will break down where the two sides stand.