Adams, who Seattle acquired in a blockbuster trade with the New York Jets last summer, had been holding out during training camp as he looked for a new deal. The former No. 6 overall pick attended practice, but did not participate as contract negotiations continued.
In 2020, Adams posted 83 total tackles, 14 quarterback hits, 11 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, three passes defended and a forced fumble. Now, he has his money, and the Seahawks have one of their key defensive pieces locked in.
This always seemed to be the most likely outcome, as the immediate reaction from around the NFL indicates.
The Seahawks’ “stalemate” was never thus. You trade two first-round picks for a guy who isn’t under long-term club control, you’re going to make him the highest-paid player at his position. Khalil Mack, Jalen Ramsey, Laremy Tunsil. The market decides. https://t.co/dk3iTTp9b9
— Doug Farrar (@NFL_DougFarrar) August 17, 2021
Made too much sense. Done deal. https://t.co/1oMhGyIFNS
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 17, 2021
Adams: 89.5 PFF Grade since ‘18 (5th) pic.twitter.com/Mqi636wW6h
— PFF (@PFF) August 17, 2021
— George Stoia III (@GeorgeStoia) August 17, 2021
So the leaks worked and adams took the Seahawks offer from last week.17.5 APY like we called a month ago. Good deal for both sides. https://t.co/d0C51BwLO4
— Jeff Simmons (@realjeffsimmons) August 17, 2021
Avoids awkwardness that would have come with potentially franchising him (as a safety? linebacker?) after this season. Seahawks essentially had to lock up Adams after giving up two first-round picks to acquire him. https://t.co/uHZzLPwcZM
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) August 17, 2021
Minkah’s going to get P-A-I-D https://t.co/07QaZCCQ6d
— Christopher Carter (@CarterCritiques) August 17, 2021
Highest paid safeties on a per-year basis:
–> Jamal Adams: $17.5M
Justin Simmons: $15.25M
Budda Baker: $14.75M
Eddie Jackson: $14.6M
Kevin Byard: $14.1M
Tyrann Mathieu and Jessie Bates were watching the Adams’ situation closely. They’re both in the final year of their deals.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) August 17, 2021
Oh plz. The disrespect is noted.
— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) August 17, 2021
Adams does have his limitations, particularly in coverage, but the Seahawks had to sign him long-term, given the amount of assets they used to trade for him in the first place.
We’d expect him to continue to have a major impact in 2021, particularly as a box defender against the run and as a pass rusher.