Jamal Adams Rumors: Seahawks, Safety Not 'Close At All' in Contract Extension Talks

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJuly 26, 2021

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - JANUARY 09: Jamal Adams #33 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts before the NFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams at Lumen Field on January 09, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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The Seattle Seahawks and star safety Jamal Adams are not "close at all" in contract extension talks, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport

"I don't expect any issues at all with Adams showing up. We'll see for sure tomorrow if he does. But that is, of course, the expectation," he said on Inside Training Camp Live. "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."

Adams, 25, is already a three-time Pro Bowler and was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2019. In his first year with the Seahawks in 2020, he registered 83 tackles (11 for loss), 9.5 sacks, 14 quarterback hits, three passes defensed and a forced fumble in 12 games. 

Were it not for a number of injuries throughout the season, including a groin injury that cost him four games, those already excellent numbers would have been even more impressive. Adams makes a strong argument for being the most impactful safety in football. 

The Seahawks didn't trade first- and third-round picks in the 2021 NFL draft, a 2022 first-rounder and safety Bradley McDougald to see Adams—a free agent after this upcoming season—leave for nothing after two years. They have every incentive to work out an extension with Adams. 

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

From NFL Now: The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Seahawks?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Seahawks</a> are open to making Jamal Adams the highest-paid safety in the NFL, per colleague <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeGarafolo?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MikeGarafolo</a>, though sounds like they'd like to keep Bobby Wagner as the highest-paid defensive player. There is a sweet spot there for a deal. <a href="https://t.co/rqRRDOHAFY">pic.twitter.com/rqRRDOHAFY</a>

Among safeties, Denver's Justin Simmons currently has the highest average annual value on his contract at $15.2 million, per Spotrac. So the Seahawks would have to top that number, though staying under Bobby Wagner's salary would mean the AAV staying below $18 million. 

So that's the potential framework for a deal—above $15.2 million, below $18 million. That seems doable, even if the two sides aren't currently particularly close in the negotiations.