Seahawks safety Jamal Adams
Adams is the defensive equivalent of Penny. He is capable of explosive and impactful plays that can change the outcomes of games. But he also seems to get hurt a lot. Unfortunately, 2022 ended up being Adams’ earliest exit of his career. He was injured in Week 1 and lost for the season. This came after it appeared obvious that Seattle was going to build a large part of its defensive aggressiveness around him.
Adams has been with Seattle for three seasons and never played more than 12 games. By the end of the 2022 season, he will have played in 25 of a possible 50 games, so literally half the time. The other issue is that by far his best year with the team would have been his first which was 2020. Adams had 9.5 sacks that year and 11 tackles for loss. Since then he has a combined 4 tackles for loss and zero sacks in one more game overall.
Adams is currently signed through the 2025 season and while he is only 27 years old. His body might actually feel more like 38 years old since he has played with so much aggressiveness and had so many collisions in his career. Adams isn’t a big guy anyway as he is 6’1″ and 210 pounds. It could be that his body is simply worn out.
But the Seahawks would have to take a loss if they release him. He has a potential out after 2024 where his dead cap goes to $14,220,000 from $30,440,000 if he is released after 2022. That is likely far too much financially for Seattle to outright release him but at least losing Adams opens up a roster spot for someone, maybe a rookie safety, that does stay healthy and therefore more productive than Adams.