Now and then there are dynasty changing trades. Sometimes they are a ripoff like the DeAndre Hopkins trade to the Arizona Cardinals, and sometimes they are nice and even. One player who had been trying to get himself traded was Jets safety, Jamal Adams. Adams was rumored with the Cowboys, Ravens, and various other teams. The drawback was the price. The Jets wanted a lot in return and rightfully so. Adams is one of the best young safeties in the league and he has a bright future.
The Seahawks decided to pay the price. They sent a 2021 and 2022 first-round pick, a 2021 third-round pick, and safety Bradley McDougald to the Jets in return for Jamal Adams and a 2022 fourth-round pick. Two first-round picks is a hefty price. The last player to be traded for two first-round picks was Khalil Mack, a game-changing pass rusher. What likely prompted the Seahawks to pull the trigger was the value. These first-round picks aren’t as valuable as they may seem. The Seahawks have been picking in the mid to late 20s since Russell Wilson took over as quarterback. These picks are valuable but for the talent that Adams is, and the impact he could make, the trade looks a lot fairer.
Jamal Adams plays similarly to how Kam Chancellor played. He is great in the box, defending the run, and he is a good blitzer. Seattle values talented safeties. Earl Thomas and Chancellor were a key part of the Legion of Boom, and they made the cornerbacks around them better. Yet, this is an unheard of price for a safety. The only reason that the Seahawks would have made this trade was if they believed Adams put them in a position to play in and win a Super Bowl. While Adams is extremely talented he isn’t going to bring the Seahawks to the Super Bowl for at least a couple of years. The NFC is too stacked. The Seahawks are going to make the playoffs and likely win at least one game, but with the Saints, 49ers, Packers, and Buccaneers, the Seahawks have an uphill battle which they won’t win.
This trade is still pending a physical.