Will Seahawks release Jamal Adams on Friday?
Adams, Will Dissly, and Quandre Diggs are up for guarantees, will Pete Carroll pay up? 2/15/2023
I have long defended the Seahawks’ decision to trade for Jamal Adams and I still believe that the process of the deal made sense. Adams was the sixth overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft and at the time many people praised the New York Jets for finally choosing a great player and didn’t seem to care that he was a safety. The consensus: “A”!
So three years later, after two Pro Bowl and two All-Pro nods, is so outlandish that a team would value Adams as still being worthy of a top-10 pick? Even knowing that his payday was on the horizon? Seattle expected the two first round picks dealt for Adams to be late on day one and sure enough, the 2021 selection was 23rd overall.
If we didn’t take anything else into consideration, giving up the 23rd overall pick for Jamal Adams in 2020 would be a steal.
What was less expected: Russell Wilson’s injury in 2021 and the Seahawks’ mini-collapse at 7-10, resulting in the Jets getting the 10th overall pick in 2022. Even Adams’s injuries have been surprising, I had forgotten by now that he only missed two career games prior to being traded to the Seahawks.
Still, we forgot that the Jets were lucky to recoup the top-10 pick (used on Garrett Wilson) that they used themselves on Jamal Adams and as a bonus they got the 23rd overall pick and a third round pick in 2021 (subsequently both were used to trade up for guard Alijah Vera-Tucker) and Bradley McDougald, while Seattle got back a fourth rounder that they used on Coby Bryant.
All things considered, the Seahawks lose the trade. Wilson and Vera-Tucker for an expensive Adams and Bryant is a rare win for New York. But Adams has given the Seahawks some quality reps too and at 27, his career doesn’t have to be over. The question this week is whether or not his Seattle Seahawks career could come to an end.
Adams is due a $2.56 million guarantee on Friday, the fifth day of the league year, if he’s still on the Seahawks roster.
We need to talk about why Jamal Adams is basically guaranteed that money anyway, and why Seattle could still choose to release him, but first a message from my sponsor.
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