We recently broke down the exact offer the Seahawks are likely to give Jamal Adams this offseason, but we also warned that he might well want more.
Well, he hinted at that in a recent interview on The Schultz Report, pointing out that he is more than just a safety and contract talks will be “interesting to see.”
“There’s not too many football players” who “can play anything on the field” and “can do it all,” said the guy who set an NFL record for sacks (9.5) by a safety in 2020 despite missing four games.
“I believe I’ve put out enough film over the years to show you what type of guy, what type of person, what type of player I am,” the 25-year-old All-Pro added. “To me, you ain’t going to find no better.”
That all sounds like he will indeed be targeting upwards of $18 million a year (or more), which was the word last year before the Jets traded him to Seattle. John Schneider basically locked himself into signing Adams long term when he made the deal, but the Hawks are not likely to want to pay him more than $16 million a year. That still would be tops among NFL safeties – but outside the top 20 among NFL defenders. The $18 million APY would put him in the top 10.
“I’m not even stressing about it, bro,” Adams said. “My time is going to come. It’s going to officially come. And when it comes, it’s going to be special, man.”
If a stalemate develops and lasts beyond summer, it will come down to next offseason – and the possible use of the franchise tag (which would be around $12 million). It does not sound like the “not even stressing it” Adams has any thought of holding out this year, but it certainly sounds like he will be looking to prove once and for all that he is not just a great safety but a great defender worthy of that kind of pay. Of course, that means he also needs to stay healthy – something he had real trouble with in his first season in Seattle.
Another issue: If he does basically choose to “prove it” in 2021 in hopes of getting top defender pay, the Hawks will lose out on one option for creating more cap space this year. He is due $9.86 million – a cap number that could be sliced by $4 million or so with an extension. But, if the cap remains tight and Adams does not get extended, it will force the Hawks to look elsewhere for cap space.
These negotiations figure to be one of the top items on Schneider’s agenda this offseason. The result will determine whether the mega-trade last summer was worth it – or whether it was the worst deal Schneider ever made (if he ends up not keeping the safety).
Adams is as intrigued to see the results as we are.
“At the end of the day, I get it: Business is business, bro. It’s never personal,” he said. “But it’s going to be interesting to see, man.”