Jamal Adams wanted out of New York. Saturday, he got his wish. As reported by multiple outlets including ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the All-Pro safety is headed to Seattle. The Seahawks have also confirmed the trade, welcoming Adams on Twitter.
As you can see, the talented 24-year-old did not come cheap. The Jets are receiving an absolutely gargantuan haul for Adams, netting first-round picks in each of the next two drafts as well as a third-rounder in 2021 and seven-year vet Bradley McDougald.
Unable to meet his exorbitant salary demands, the Jets have quietly been shopping Adams for months. A native of Carrollton, Texas, Adams had previously expressed his desire to play for Dallas and though the Cowboys did show some initial interest, particularly leading up to April’s draft, that was never a likely landing spot for the fourth-year safety. While maybe not his first choice, the Seahawks were among seven teams Adams had earmarked as potential trade fits earlier this offseason.
Despite his obvious talent—the disgruntled LSU alum was New York’s lone Pro Bowl representative a season ago—relations had soured between Adams and the team that drafted him sixth overall in 2017. It seems Adams’ recent criticism of head coach Adam Gase (he questioned Gase’s leadership tactics, among other gripes) was the tipping point for GM Joe Douglas, who decided the star safety’s disruptive locker-room presence was ultimately too much to overcome.
The Seahawks gave up plenty to land their golden goose, but even if the deal hampers their long-term prospects, the addition of Adams should make them an immediate NFC contender. Though not nearly as potent as the iconic “Legion of Boom” defense that led the team to Super Bowl glory in 2013, the Seahawks certainly have some enticing pieces in place with Adams joining the likes of Quandre Diggs and Shaquill Griffin in a vastly improved Seattle secondary.
With Seattle seemingly all in, could explosive pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney be the next domino to fall in the Grunge Capital? By no means is Clowney’s return a slam dunk, but there’s enough in the vault (a hair under $14 million in cap space) to make it happen if the Seahawks are feeling frisky.
Assuming the Seahawks are able to lock Adams up lock term (he still has two years remaining on his current deal), Saturday’s blockbuster swap should benefit all parties. The Seahawks are now in possession of arguably the league’s best safety while the Jets’ treasure trove of picks has them bursting at the seams with draft capital. New York may not be a better team without Adams, but after holding them hostage for months with his trade demands and negative vibes, at least the Jets can finally breathe again.