4 experiments the Seattle Seahawks could cut short in 2023

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Experiment 2: Jamal Adams – Seahawks safety

Jamal Adams has been used in many ways since he joined Seattle in 2020. Part of the issue with him not being overly productive with the Seahawks, however, is no matter which scheme Seattle might have seen Adams used for, he hasn’t been available enough to know if the design would work. Adams has missed 25 of a possible 50 games for Seattle.

In 2020, it seemed like Adams was used more as a heat-seeking missile edge rusher than a true strong safety. He got 9.5 sacks that season but his pass coverage wasn’t so good. In 2021, Adams was used more as a true safety as he blitzed about half the time and ended up with 0 sacks. Maybe teams were scheming better for Adams’ pass rushes or Seattle’s overall defensive design didn’t get the best use out of Adams.

In 2022, it appeared in the first quarter of Week 1 that Adams was going to be more like 2020 than 2021 and he got some pressure on Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson. But in the second quarter, he hurt his leg and was lost for the rest of the season. We don’t know what 2022 would have been like for Adams had he stayed healthy, but then Adams seems to get injured every season so we don’t know how good he ever could have been in a Seahawks uniform.

In free agency this offseason, Seattle signed former Giants safety Julian Love. Love is very much a strong safety, much like Adams. Seattle has a good free safety in Quandre Diggs, so it seems like Love, who signed a two-year deal, could replace Adams. If so, Adams needs to be released with a post-June 1st designation and save Seattle a little money for next offseason.