One of the biggest NFL storylines over the past year or so has been the future of Jamal Adams in New York, where the All-Pro safety had made his unhappiness with the Jets organization known on numerous occasions.
Whether through his own tweets or via outside sources, it was evident that Adams wanted out - it was just a matter of when or if the Jets would trade him.
As of just a few weeks ago, the Ravens were reportedly one of the teams on Adams’ desired wishlist for a new home. At least year’s trade deadline, Baltimore had inquired about potentially making a deal for Adams, too - so the two sides have been linked.
However, any chance of Adams landing in Baltimore came to an end on Saturday afternoon, when ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke word that the Jets had agreed to trade Adams to the Seahawks:
Trade:— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 25, 2020
Jets deal Jamal Adams and 4th-round pick in 2022
Seattle, in exchange for Bradley McDougald (safety), 1st-round pick in 2021, 3rd-round pick in 2021, and 1st-round pick in 2022, source tells ESPN.
Deal is pending physicals.
Many had pondered what sort of compensation it would take to pry Adams from New York, but the general consensus seemed to be that at least a first-round pick needed to be on the table. It turns out that was an undersell, to say the least.
In trading for Adams, the Seahawks are set to deal not one, but two first-round picks and in addition, a third-round selection in 2021.
It’s unclear if the Ravens ever made an official trade offer to New York but they were likely unwilling to trade as much capital as Seattle ultimately did. Adams is unquestionably one of the top defensive backs in the league and, to many, maybe the best overall safety.
Since being drafted in 2017, the former LSU product has made the Pro Bowl twice, was named first-team All-Pro last season and has career stats of 273 combined tackles, 12 sacks and six forced fumbles.
He seemingly would have made for a perfect fit in Baltimore and thrived in “Wink” Martindale’s defensive scheme, but the Ravens are already in good shape at the safety position already with Earl Thomas and Chuck Clark returning as starters.
The Seahawks and Ravens don’t play each other in 2020, so we won’t get see Adams face off against Baltimore until at least next year. For Lamar Jackson and company, that’s probably a good thing . . .
Would Adams have been worth the price tag for the Ravens?
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