There’s been a trend over the last couple of seasons with teams giving up multiple first-round picks for top talent. The Bears made that kind of deal when they netted Khalil Mack. The Texans struck a similar pact with the Dolphins for Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills and the Rams made an in-season trade for Jalen Ramsey last year. All of those players play at positions considered more critical than safety
Bill Barnwell of ESPN.com recognizes Adams’ talent but is skeptical that the defensive back will be worth the hefty haul Seattle had to fork over.
The market for safeties has been team-friendly of late with players such as Tyrann Mathieu and Kenny Vaccaro being forced to settle for one-year contracts. Adams will look to become the highest-paid player at the position.
Barnwell gives the Seahawks a ‘C+’ but hedges but offering arguments why Seattle ultimately won’t regret making the deal. One among them is that tabbing Adams as a safety really doesn’t capture his full value. He’s capable of playing positionless defense of sorts, lining up against all kinds of offensive weapons.
The Seahawks were the eighth-best team last season by DVOA with only four offenses ahead of them. Their defense was problematic in year-one post-Earl Thomas, as Seattle was ranked 18th. Bringing in Adams gives them a chance to improve significantly on that side of the ball, something that should help them combat the 49ers in the division.
Sportsbooks aren’t necessarily fearing Seattle in that regard. Pete Carroll’s club was +240 to win the NFC West before the trade (Fan Duel) and they are listed as the same odds after.
Here are more notes on the deal:
- The Cowboys and 49ers were each involved in trade discussions with the Jets for Adams, ESPN’s Rich Cimini passes along in the same piece. Adams reportedly told friends of his that he wanted to be dealt to Dallas, as he grew up nearby.
- The Seahawks were the most aggressive suitor for Adams. Seattle was motivated to make the move now, in part, because of the uncertainty surrounding the 2021 draft. One of the first-round draft picks New York received is the 2021 one; the other being the 2022 selection.
- McDougald, who went to the Jets in the trade, is entering the final year of his contract and it was no guarantee he would have started for Seattle, Cimini adds.