By: Peter Vandeventer | @PeteVandeventer
In what seemed to be a pretty relaxed Saturday, Seahawks stole headlines (again), and this time it’s for the All-Pro safety, Jamal Adams.
Adams, the former 6th overall pick out of LSU has continued to be extremely productive for the Jets despite a lack of talent around him. At 24, Prez has quickly found his way to elite status while having a combined 190 tackles and four turnovers over the past 2 seasons. Along with star Safety, The Seahawks also got a 4th-rounder
In return, the Jets got a huge haul that includes Bradley McDougald (29) and three future picks (‘21 1st-rounder, ‘21 3rd-rounder, and a ‘22 1st-rounder). Adams is scheduled to hit free agency next March and the number of picks attached to this trade likely means there will be an extension announced in the near future. The Jets are still a young squad but still need some more talent before they become real contenders in the reshuffled AFC East.
With recent draft luck (Malik McDowell) and players who have yet to produce within the first few rounds, the move is providing a guaranteed star to a team fighting to stay alive in the NFC West. Checkmate.
Adams and the Jets have continued to grow apart until it reached the point last month when He demanded a trade. Prez also included a list of 7 preferred teams which included the Seahawks, 49ers, Cowboys, Ravens, Chiefs, Texans, and Eagles. He wanted to play closer to home or on a team that is going to contend year in and year out. Rumors immediately started to fly about where he would land but it ultimately ended up being the Seahawks.
The past week, the buzz started to really get going when Jamal Adams posted an ominous Instagram story which showed him watching film of the Seahawks defense against the 49ers.
The Seahawks haven’t been shy when dealing for big players in contract years. Jadeveon Clowney joined the Seahawks last August after having cut his ties with the Texans but I imagine the Seahawks likely have some deal in place this time around to avoid another stalemate situation.
Since the fall of the LOB, the Seahawks have continued their search for players to retool their secondary and Adams is the new piece that will complete it. Gone are Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman, and Byron Maxwell/Brandon Browner. But now with Shaquill Griffin, Quinton Dunbar (probably not for long), Tre Flowers, and Quandre Diggs, the secondary is looking retooled and ready to compete in the NFC.
Bradley McDougald has been an uber-important part of the Seahawks transition on defense and is extremely reliable. IF he stays on the Jets, he'll become a savvy veteran leader for the young squad. Seahawks fans have nothing but great things to say about McDougald who made Seattle his home in 2017 and was willing to do everything (and everything) on the defense.