The Seattle Seahawks have been pretty successful for a decade and Seattle has never gone years since the franchises’s inception of being just awful. There have been a lot of mediocre seasons, sure. But terrible? Few.
While the last several years have been very good to Seattle, they might have been even better and into the future had John Schneider and Pete Carroll not decided to try to pull the trigger on several moves. Schneider and Carroll have guided Seattle to great success but they haven’t been perfect.
One trade I do not have on this list, and possibly this disappoints you, is the Jamal Adams trade. Many articles have been written that the Adams trade is clearly one of the worst in Seahawks history. This may end up being true but it is still too early to say this.
Adams was very good in his first year in Seattle in 2020 at getting to opposing quarterbacks and had a record 9.5 sacks (a record for a secondary player). He wasn’t great in coverage and he missed several games due to injury.
Seattle Seahawks worst trades in franchise history
In 2021, Adams has been misused. He needs a defensive coordinator who gets the most out of his unique ability while also helping the overall defense and Ken Norton, Jr. simply doesn’t have the ability on how to figure this out. With a different defensive coordinator, Adams might be better.
He is still also just 25 years old and has lots of good years left to play.
Does the trade look like a bad one now and did Seattle give up far too much to get Adams from the Jets? Yes. But we simply don’t know how the future will go with such a good young player and we might view the Adams trade differently in two years. Or we might not.
But here are there trades we can definitely see did not work out well for the Seahawks.