The Seahawks need to extend safety Jamal Adams to make him a fixture in Seattle. Here is a prediction without basis he will be extended within two weeks. I don’t have any inside information here but I just know how Seattle likes to do business.
This situation is different from the Earl Thomas one from 2018. Thomas, still an All-Pro free safety in 2017 wanted to get paid a large amount and the Seahawks did not want to pay him so much. So Thomas held out of training camp. Thomas was also nearing 30 years old and had started missing some games.
Adams will be just 25 years old when the 2021 season begins and 2021 is the final year of his rookie contract. Adams has many good years of football left. Seattle, of course, also gave up two first-round picks-plus to get Adams. That is too much draft capital to let Adams get away.
A guess that Jamal Adams will be extended soon by the Seahawks
In the next two weeks two other very good safeties, Jamal Adams’ former teammate with the Jets, Marcus Maye, and Saints safety Marcus Williams, have decisions to make on whether to sign their franchise tags or not. Seattle really doesn’t want to go down the road of trying to franchise tag Adams next year.
Adams seems to like playing in Seattle. I am not saying to pay Adams simply because Seattle shouldn’t be afraid to upset him next year and watch him leave simply out of spite. The NFL is a business and the Seahawks approach it as such when it comes to contracts and rightfully so. But Adams probably wants to stay in Seattle so another reason to sign him now is for that reason.
But the main reason Adams needs to be signed, of course, is the guy is a fantastic football player and can chase down quarterbacks statistically better than any safety in NFL history has and is also likely a lot better in coverage than what 12s saw from him last year. In four seasons, Jamal Adams has made the Pro Bowl three times and been First-Team All-Pro once. He likely will be the latter several more times before his career is over and needs to do so while wearing a Seahawks uniform.
Seattle makes a lot of important moves when the season gets close, especially trades (like Jadeveon Clowney a couple of years ago) just before week one. But training camp starts in a little over two weeks. I think before camp starts, Adams has signed an extension with a pretty big signing bonus but with a four-year deal that will average annually $17.5 million a year.