Let’s be honest, we were all a little nervous that the Seahawks were actually going to go into the 2021 season without having extended Jamal Adams with the threat of franchise tagging him for two seasons a very real thing. But then I thought about it.
Seattle runs its football team differently from other teams. Players seem to actually feel wanted by the Seahawks organization. While John Schnider does make some tough decisions when it comes to free agency – and he is good at it – and doesn’t overspend, there is story after story about he talks to the player face-to-face about the dealings between club and player.
I am sure, though I have no inside knowledge of this but just as an observer of watching John Schneider operate since he became the general manager in Seattle, that Schneider did not want to try to go down the road of franchise tagging Adams. First of all, the Seahawks don’t really franchise a player ever unless it’s with some greater idea (like doing so to Frank Clark and then trading him).
Seahawks and Jamal Adams reach a deal on an extension
Jamal Adams wasn’t going to go anywhere. There was what seemed to be a growing tension and divide between what Jamal Adams wanted in his contract and what the Seahawks wanted to give him but it was never a large amount of dollars. A contract was going to be worked out.
I am just glad it did so before week one and I am glad that Adams was signed for four more years. He should be great for at least that long, likely longer. But Seattle doesn’t have to worry about another extension with Adams until after the 2025 season. Adams signed a four-year deal worth $70 million with $38 million guaranteed. His $17.5 million a season makes him the highest-paid safety in the NFL currently.
Now Seattle just needs to get a less-expensive Duane Brown contract done and almost all drama of the offseason is done and Seattle can focus on winning. Adams will likely come in his usual motivated self and help the Seahawks defense be better. And he will be doing so through at least 2025.