Report: Jamal Adams, Seahawks not “close at all” on a long-term deal

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The Seahawks will make Jamal Adams the highest-paid safety in the NFL. The question is: When?

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports the sides are not “close at all” on long-term extension negotiations. But Adams is expected to report on time to training camp Tuesday.

“Eventually, this will be a deal that I think both sides will be happy with and Jamal Adams will likely be a very, very rich man,” Rapoport adds.

The Seahawks traded a lot in draft capital to obtain Adams from the Jets last year without doing anything to his contract, so the expectation always was the team would have to back up the Brinks truck.

Adams is set to play out this season on his fifth-year option, which carries a salary of $9.86 million. Justin Simmons became the league’s highest-paid safety in March, signing a four-year, $61 million deal with the Broncos.

Simmons’ $15.25 million per year average tops Budda Baker‘s $14.75 million per season with the Cardinals.

What the Seahawks might not be willing to do is pay Adams like a top-of-the-market inside linebacker. Fred Warner signed a $19 million-a-year extension with the 49ers last week, and Seattle’s highest-paid defensive player, linebacker Bobby Wagner, makes $18 million a year.

Adams set an NFL single-season record for most sacks by a defensive back.

He missed the team’s mandatory minicamp with an excused absence for personal reasons.

11 responses to “Report: Jamal Adams, Seahawks not “close at all” on a long-term deal

  1. Adams is not a great player. The Pats Adrian Phillips outperformed him across the board last year.

  2. Adams is a safety not a IL. If he is not reasonable they can always Franchise Tag him.

  3. Imagine giving up 2 first round picks for a safety that can’t cover down the field or stay healthy for a full 17 game season?
    The great Les Snead would never go for that.

  4. Adams has all the leverage, seeing what Seattle gave up to get him. He’ll eventually sign, because Seattle has no choice but to do so, regardless of the cost.

  5. It was a mistake the second they agreed to it. He’ll never be worth what he’ll eventually get. He can put up stats and make Pro Bowls, but the money will never actually be worth it. For example…look where the Hawks got last year…and NOW he’s gonna want to break the bank and some dumb team will do it instead of signing multiple good players.

  6. This is a guy who elected to NOT tackle Cam Akers at the goal line in the playoff game against LA. I realize he had a bum shoulder but he completely mailed it in. Could have easily attempted to make the stop

  7. Great player with unique, disrupting, talent. The described size of the gap needed for an agreement is relative to many factors. Both sides want it to work out. I’m confident it will.

  8. There’s not 1 person alive who didn’t scratch their heads when they saw what Seattle gave up for Adams – especially in the contract position he was in. Sure, he’s one of the best safeties in the game, but the Seahawks are now forced to either overpay for his value or admit that they botched that trade big time and eat the 2 first rounders they gave up for a year of service from a safety. Schneider’s usually brilliant, but this was one of the biggest bone-headed trades ever.

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