Seahawks have a delicate situation with Jamal Adams

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At first, it looked like the decision of Seahawks safety Jamal Adams to stay away from the team’s mandatory minicamp was unexcused, a boycott of the event in an effort to get a new contract. Then, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the absence was excused.

That doesn’t make it something other than a boycott.

The Seahawks have a delicate situation with Adams. He wants a new contract. He deserves a new contract. By not getting him to sign a new contract when giving up a pair of first-round picks to trade for him last year, the Seahawks gave him considerable leverage in his quest for a new contract.

The time has come to pay Adams. Surely, the Seahawks will. If they don’t, they’ll look like idiots for giving up a pair of first-round picks to get him.

Regarding his absence from mandatory minicamp as excused helps to avoid making things worse. The Seahawks knew, or should have known, when trading for Adams that they’d have to pay Adams. They also knew, or should have known, that Adams has no qualms about making his feelings known — and about acting on them. Indeed, he got to the point where he wanted out of New York after only three seasons.

So the Seahawks were smart to let him skip minicamp. They’ll be even smarter to get him signed to a new deal before training camp. They would have been even smarter than that to sign him to a new deal as part of the trade. In his happiness to swap the Jets for a perennial contender, Adams may have taken considerably less then than he’ll want now, especially since he has far more leverage in the aftermath of the trade.

4 responses to “Seahawks have a delicate situation with Jamal Adams

  1. Not sure about Adams leverage. 5th year option, and 2 franchise tags are in favour of Seahawks.

  2. Or they can franchise him the next two seasons at a fraction of what he’s asking.

  3. I would offer that there is some missing information in the general story around Adams (or any Seahawk player really).

    First, Adams was excused for a VERY personal reason unrelated to football. Details the general public isn’t aware of but that at least one local journalist is respecting by not reporting it.

    Second, he loves the Seahawks and PC/staff as much as the organization loves him. Is that corny or a “fluffy” way to describe it? Maybe, but it’s true. There is a ton of respect by and for both Adams and the organization.

    Lastly, people familiar with the Seahawks know and understand that the organization is very consistent towards contract negotiations. We’re not talking about contract structures but rather negotiation structures. They hold these discussions the same with every player’s agent and are widely known to be sincerely honest in that approach because it promotes equality for every player. I.E. – Every player knows they are valued by the organization the same. Not in contract dollars, but in the sense that the organization values them as a player/person the same as any other player/person on the team.

    At the end of the day this approach might seem “slow” because the general public doesn’t hear much (if any) details as they work through the process. But it is consistent, respectful and ultimately ensures things stay “in-house”. And even more important, history shows it’s successful for all parties.

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