The Seattle Seahawks have reportedly "stretched themselves quite a bit" in contract negotiations with Jamal Adams, but the Pro Bowl safety is still pushing for a better deal.
Peter King of NBC Sports reported the two sides are at a stalemate, with Adams "not happy" with the latest offer. No financial terms were disclosed, but it would be a surprise if Adams' deal did not make him the NFL's highest-paid safety.
Justin Simmons is currently the highest-paid safety on an annual basis at $15.3 million per season. Landon Collins' $84 million contract is the highest in terms of overall pay and guarantees ($44.5 million).
It's likely Adams would want a contract that tops Simmons' annual value and Collins' guaranteed security. He's also in a strong position to demand that level of commitment.
The Seahawks gave up their first-round picks in 2021 and 2022, along with a 2021 third-rounder, to acquire Adams from the Jets last offseason. That massive haul puts the Seahawks in a position where they can't afford to give up those draft picks and then allow Adams to leave as an unrestricted free agent.
While Seattle can realistically use the franchise tag the next two seasons, Adams is under no obligation to report to the team until he signs the tag. The team could be looking at three long, drawn-out offseasons where one of its best players is unhappy and not participating in camp.
Adams has not been practicing despite reporting to camp in order to avoid $50,000 in daily fines. Offensive tackle Duane Brown, also looking for a new contract, is likewise sitting out of practice.