Inside the Jamal Adams deal

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After a negotiation that got a little contentious (or a lot), Seahawks safety Jamal Adams took the final offer from the team, with some “cosmetics” attached. We’ve obtained the full breakdown of the deal from a source with knowledge of the terms.

Here it is.

1. Signing bonus: $20 million.

2. 2021 base salary: $1 million, fully guaranteed.

3. 2022 option bonus: $12.44 million option bonus, guaranteed for injury at signing and fully guaranteed on fifth day of the waiver period after Super Bowl LVI.

4. 2022 base salary: $2 million, guaranteed for injury at signing and fully guaranteed on fifth day of the waiver period after Super Bowl LVI.

5. 2023 base salary: $11 million, $2.56 million of which is guaranteed for injury at signing and fully guaranteed on the fifth day of the waiver period after Super Bowl LVII.

6. 2024 base salary: $16.5 million.

7. 2025 base salary: $17.5 million.

It’s a four-year, $70 million extension, which averages $17.5 million annually. Given the money he was already due to make in 2021, it’s a five-year, $80.44 million deal (based on the $9.86 million fifth-year salary and the extra game check of $580,000). That’s an average of $16 million per year from signing.

The deal also includes up to $2.75 million in available incentives and escalators, including $250,000 in available incentives for 2022 through 2025 if he gets three interceptions and five sacks. (That becomes another $1 million, maximum.) Another $1.75 million is available in 2024 and 2025 escalators, with $250,000 tied to each year that he makes the Pro Bowl and the team qualifies for the conference championship. (That becomes up to $750,000 in 2024 and up to $1 million in 2025.)

The deal includes $21 million fully guaranteed at signing. By the fifth day after the next Super Bowl, $35.44 million will be fully guaranteed. By the fifth day after Super Bowl LVII, $38 million will be fully guaranteed. That’s 47.2 percent of the total contract value.

The cash flow for the base deal goes like this: $21 million this year, $14.44 million in 2022, $11 million in 2023, $16.5 million in 2024, and $17.5 million in 2025.

It makes him the highest paid safety in the NFL; however, the full guarantee at signing lands at No. 6 all time. That said, he’ll get at least $35.44 million unless the Seahawks cut him after paying him $21 million for one more season of football.

23 responses to “Inside the Jamal Adams deal

  1. This kind of strategic business management is what makes the Seahawks the best run team in the NFL. Getting a top 3 DB and even higher quality person locked down with favorable terms. Definitely feels like yet another Lombardi on the way to Seattle.

  2. Seahawks will regret this for one of three reasons. One, he’ll be injured like he always is. Two, he’ll want a new contract in two years after one healthy season with 8 sacks. Three, he’ll constantly get beaten b/c he cannot defend the pass.

  3. Based on Adams’ four year average, I wonder what week he’ll get his half interception.

  4. I can hear it now: Not gonna play for $11MM in 2023. It’s an insult. I’m worth way not that that. No respect, no play.

  5. The contract isn’t so bad. The mistake was trading two #1s and then writing this contract. That’s Houston-level management.

  6. Just don’t see how you reset the safety market for a guy who doesn’t intercept the ball.

    Not to mention it’s playing with fire to reward a guy who shows no restraint airing dirty laundry. And has an injury history.

    Sure, it could work. And good for Seattle if it does.

    But nobody can pretend it’s playing the percentages.

  7. Couldn’t be any worse for an already bad deal for the 2 1st rd picks. They could have gotten TWO players in the secondary who can actually cover on rookie deals and easily kept KJ Wright to blitz and flex his muscles in the backfield.

  8. Good contract for both sides. Obviously the last two years are simply “tacked on” with neither side expecting them to become reality. The Seahawks will either cut him for cap reasons or he will ask for an extension ore re-write. Neither year will come to fruition as is and both sides know it.

  9. Man that is a ton of bread for a guy that can’t cover anybody. Last I checked they have real weapons in that division. You know like everyone has great threats in that division.

  10. Haha – 2 first and a 3rd for this dude and making him the highest paid safety. Can’t cover. According to PFF he’s the 10th rated safety. Good luck Seattle. Another 40 year wait for a Lombardi.

  11. As a Steelers fan, I’m happy about this. I was worried he was going to push the yearly to a $20 million average. Hopefully, now we can extend Minkah for about $18 per year.

  12. He’s worth every penny. You folks who can’t see it are blind, deaf to greatness. Tyrann Mathieu even needs more. Players of this quality come around ever so often.

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