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How much is Jamal Adams contract?

Report: Jamal Adams, Seahawks Agree to Four-Year Deal Worth $70 Million. Jamal Adams and the Seahawks have agreed to terms on a four-year extension worth $70 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The deal will reportedly include $38 million guaranteed and will make him the highest-paid safety in the NFL. si.comReport: Jamal Adams, Seahawks Agree to Four-Year Deal Worth $70 Million

The Seahawks need Jamal Adams to work after what they gave up

Deadspin 18 August, 2021 - 08:30am

Adams was once considered the top of his position, but after 2020, it’s easy to see why so many have taken Adams off their top-10 safeties list. Throughout 2020, it was clear that Adams was not fitting very well into Seattle’s defensive scheme. Adams recorded the fewest solo tackles of his career, and was uncharacteristically poor in coverage. Adams allowed a 77.8 percent catch rate, per Pro Football Reference. That’s not good at all. The Seahawks had to bring in Detroit Lions defensive captain Quandre Diggs halfway through the season in order to shore up the holes that Adams was leaving. Adams also spent more time blitzing than ever before in 2020. While he did break the all-time safety sack record with 9.5, the sheer number of times he had an opportunity to go after the opposing quarterback somewhat minimizes that achievement. He blitzed 98 times in 12 games. Just one year prior, Adams blitzed only 90 times in 14 games with the Jets. Adams blitzed so much that opponents started giving him the title of “Blitz Boy” — a name which Adams has owned up to.

Adams definitely didn’t have the best season in 2020, but in a sense, that’s to be expected. With no preseason to learn the new defensive schemes, Adams likely didn’t have the time to learn the system very well before the first game of the regular season. But that’s not a sure thing. Is taking the risk that, with more time, Adams can return to his 2019 form worth paying the biggest safety contract in NFL history? Personally, I don’t think so, and I don’t think the Seahawks thought so either during the first steps of negotiation.

If the Seahawks really thought the upside was worth the risk, why didn’t the deal get done sooner? The first counter-argument might be “Well, they just wanted to get Adams at a discount.” FIVE MONTHS! They negotiated for FIVE MONTHS! That means they were nowhere close to an agreement at the beginning. Negotiations were “intense,” and Jamal Adams had to get pushed into his record-breaking contract by his mother. Yeah, Adams alone believes he deserved more than what he ended up getting.

So, if the Seahawks didn’t initially believe Adams was worth the risk, why would they cave in and give Adams all this money? It’s simple really. They NEED Adams to work out in Seattle. When the Seahawks traded for Adams in July 2020, they gave up two first-round picks and a third-round pick. That’s a lot of draft capital. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo led his 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance just two years ago, and he would not fetch that kind of deal. That’s a “Khalil Mack-level” of draft capital the Seahawks gave up to acquire Adams. Could you imagine if Adams didn’t pan out after giving away that much potential? That would not be a good look for the Seattle front office.

Throw in the fact that Russell Wilson has been disgruntled with the team’s lack of success and the fact that he hasn’t been given a proper O-line in years — a problem which could’ve been tackled with the draft picks Seattle gave up for Adams — as well as the notion that the team’s Super Bowl window is closing as the NFC West continues to improve and Wilson gets older, and you’ve got yourself one real hot mess if Adams continues to struggle like he did in 2020.

The Seahawks know what Adams is capable of, so allowing him to continue his hold-out was never really an option for the Seahawks’ front office. However, I can almost guarantee that Paul Allen, Jody Allen, John Schneider, and company are all biting their nails praying that Adams figures out the Seahawks’ defensive system. If not, this signing could go down as one of the worst in franchise history.

We all know Adams has the tools to be one of the best safeties in the league. Yes, I know he only has two interceptions under his belt through his first three years in the league, but Adams doesn’t help a secondary by coming up with picks. He’s not a ball hawk. He’s a disruptor. He can step up and stop the run. He can step into the middle of the field and take away a read from the opposing quarterback. He may not have the best ball skills, but he doesn’t need to in order to be effective. With a few weeks of training camp under his belt, I have no doubts that Adams can figure out Seattle’s system and return to his All-Pro 2019 form. For Seattle’s sake, they better hope he figures it out, too.

Bronco notes: Lock wins the day but Seattle could be key to QB battle KUSA 17 August, 2021 - 04:51pm

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Following the Broncos’ joint practice last Wednesday at the Vikings’ training complex in Eagan, Minn., Teddy Bridgewater appeared to be the frontrunner in The Great Quarterback Competition.

Bridgewater won that day thanks to a final-series touchdown pass to Jerry Jeudy while Drew Lock, the other QB competitor, threw an interception. Not only had Bridgewater won the day, at that point he had won more days than not.

Since then, momentum has swung toward Lock.

He was terrific in the Broncos’ 33-6 rout of the Vikings during the preseason game Saturday, and Lock was the best quarterback during a return to training camp Tuesday.

Even though, Bridgewater, who also played well in the preseason opener at Minnesota, will start in the second preseason game this Saturday at Seattle, Lock operated the No. 1 offense during multiple team periods Tuesday.

Still, preseason game No. 2 figures to be a huge determining factor before head coach Vic Fangio picks his starting quarterback for the regular-season opener Sept. 12 against the New York Giants. But going into the Seattle preseason game, Lock appears to be in good position.

Best to wait until after the game Saturday night that doesn’t kick off until 8 p.m. MDT on Channel 20 before making any proclamations.

One thing to remember about the Great Quarterback Competition: It’s been so close between Lock and Bridgewater, Teddy and Drew, that whoever wins the starting assignment for Game 1 will know that his backup is not far behind.

It happens to running backs all the time. Devontae Booker was a Broncos’ fourth-round pick in 2016 and was supposed to become the No. 1 tailback in 2017. But he had wrist surgery prior to training camp, then fell behind the likes of C.J. Anderson one year, Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay the next.

Booker hung tough, and established himself as a No. 2 tailback with the Raiders and now the Giants.

Royce Freeman was a Broncos’ third-round pick in 2018 and was the Broncos’ starting running back as a rookie. Then he started falling behind Lindsay, then Melvin Gordon III and Lindsay. This offseason, when the Broncos signed Mike Boone in free agency and drafted Javonte Williams in the second round with Gordon returning, it appeared Freeman would be the fourth back out.

But Freeman has run well during training camp and has returned to the No. 3 tailback spot after Boone went down with a quad strain last week. The key for Freeman was to stay professional and not worry about his job status or trading block.

“No you really can’t worry about those things,’’ he said following practice Tuesday. “You’ve got to control what you can because at the end of the day I feel like I have a value and … just competing is what this game is all about.

“Having those types of backs in the room adds that layer of becoming a student and watch their game closer because they’re in the same room and taking those little pieces that Boone has and Javonte has and see how they do it and add that to my own game.”

Right edge rusher Bradley Chubb and left tackle Garett Bolles have resumed their daily practice battles. The matchup got testy 10 days ago when tempers flared and a physical and verbal altercation ensued. All's good now, though, apparently.

“He’s one of the best tackles in the league, and I try to make myself one of the best rushers in the league,'' Chubb said Tuesday. "Iron is sharpening iron. It’s been fun. Of course, we had the scuffle a couple days ago, but brothers do that. We get into it, but we know how to love each other up, too. It’s been fun competing with him, and I feel like he’s making me better and I’m making him better.”

After the first 11 on 11 period Tuesday, first-round rookie cornerback Pat Surtain II watched the rest of practice from the sideline.

“He had a little soreness in a lower extremity,’’ Fangio said. “He could have kept going, I just told Vince (Garcia, head trainer) to get him out of there.”

Von Miller missed a second practice Tuesday as his first child, a boy, was delivered late in the night, according to Fangio. …

Top receiver Courtland Sutton is coming along in his recovery from ACL surgery, but he still has some fine-tuning to go, especially as he’s been playing with a knee brace. “Hopefully, in the next few days, or next few weeks he’ll take a big step forward and feel comfortable and feel rarin’ to go,’’ Fangio said. …

Right tackle Bobby Massie, who started Saturday against the Vikings, was again practicing with the No. 1 offensive line Tuesday while his competitors for the job, Calvin Anderson and Cam Fleming, worked with the No. 2 offense at left and right tackle, respectively. Does that mean Massie has settled in as the right tackle starter? “No,’’ Fangio said. …

Fangio said he would play a lot of his starters Saturday in the preseason game at Seattle.

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