A lump of coal for Jamal Adams
I will start with the low-hanging fruit. Though, Jamal Adams' play has been relatively fruitless for a few seasons now. The craziest thing is that for some reason general manager John Schneider saw fit to rework Adams' contract before the season in such a way that makes it harder for the team to move on from Adams after this season.
Should the Seahawks release Adams after the season, the team would save a little over $6 million. That's a chunk of change, sure, but it's about $5 million less than before the rework. Plus, Adams would still account for $20,833,334 in dead cap. Maybe Seattle thought Adams was healthier than he truly was before the season because otherwise re-doing Adams's deal is one of the worst moves by Schneider in recent memory.
Adams has managed to play in nine games in 2023. His high with Seattle is 12 games in both 2020 and 2021. But as opposed to 2020 when Adams had 9.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss, he has zero sacks and 7 tackles for loss this year. There is also a good chance he misses the rest of the season with a knee injury. To be fair, Adams has not yet seemed to fully recover from an injury he suffered in Week 1 of 2020 and he likely never will.
While Adams has been atrocious in coverage, as is his usual, he lacks the explosiveness to truly ever be trusted to cover the deepest parts of the field. Teams have taken advantage of him more and more, such as the San Francisco 49ers toasting Adams for a 54-yard touchdown pass in Week 14. Plus, there seems to be an issue between Adams and the team as he wasn't even at the stadium during Seattle's Week 15 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles and the implication was that he would be a distraction had he been with the team.