4 Seattle Seahawks that may not finish out their current deals

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Player no. 2: Seahawks safety Jamal Adams

Jamal Adams is likely still only on the team with his current contract because it doesn’t make financial sense to let him walk. At least, not yet. Adams’ cap number in 2023 is $18,110,000 but his dead cap is $23,890,000 so it’s actually more fiscally responsible to pay Adams this coming season than to let him leave. But that will change in 2024. He is currently signed through 2025.

Adams isn’t consistently productive enough when he is on the field to be paid what he is getting paid. In 2020, he had 9.5 sacks, sure, but his coverage skills were not good. He is a safety after all, so being able to cover receivers is a big part of the job. But Adams gets hurt so much that he misses as many games as he plays.

Since coming to the Seahawks in 2020, Adams has played in 25 games and missed 25. He does have a unique skillset and can rush quarterbacks as well as any defensive back that has played the game, but Seattle needs so much more from Adams than just one facet of an overall game. Staying healthy is a skill, too, and Adams doesn’t have that.

In 2024, Adams’ cap number goes to $23,610,000 but his dead cap falls to $14,220,000. In 2025, his cap number rises to $24,610,000 but his dead cap would only be $7,110,000. Basically, there seems to be no way Adams maintains his current contract and finishes out the deal with the Seahawks.