4 Seattle Seahawks who could be entering their last season with the team in 2023

The Seahawks are about to embark on their 2023 campaign, but four players on the current roster might not be back in 2024.
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Seahawks safety Jamal Adams

Low-hanging fruit here, right? Doesn't make it any less true that Adams will not be back after 2023, however. There was some rightful speculation that he could even be released this offseason and Seattle would have saved millions of dollars by releasing him with a post-June 2nd designation. But, of course, the team kept Adams in hopes of him getting back to his 2020 level.

And yet he has already been ruled out for Week 1 and probably will miss Week 2 as well. My guess - and it is completely a guess - is that he doesn't start playing until after the bye week which means Week 6 could be his first game back. Adams, if healthy, can be a transformative player and augments the pass rush like few other defensive backs are capable of.

But the Seahawks have committed a ton of money toward the secondary already for 2024. Three safeties, Adams, Quandre Diggs, and Julian Love, are all set to make at least $8.1 million in 2024. Diggs can get paid as much as $15.1 million. But Adams now has a cap hit of $26.9 million next year (Seattle restructured Adams' deal a bit this week) and there should be zero chance that Seattle will pay him that much. Adams just hasn't been healthy enough to be counted on for that amount of money.

If Adams were to be released after 2023, his dead cap would account for $20,833,334 so Seattle would save a bit over $6 million. That's still a big chunk of dead cap, but saving that much money will ease any pain. That said, I really like Jamal Adams as a player and a person and I hope he has a fantastic 2023, whatever part he plays, and makes releasing him next offseason that much more difficult.