Report: How the Jamal Adams trade with Jets came together for Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks were never known to strike gold in drafting high picks in the annual NFL Draft. The team abandoned the thought of holding on to these and simply gave the picks away for the New York Jets to do the drafting honors. The Seahawks’ front office decided to put their attention towards investing in proven talent instead.
NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo bared the details on Twitter:
The #Seahawks were hovering with the #Jets on Jamal Adams for months. Sounds like things got serious over the last two weeks. Seattle has never been shy when it comes to parting with draft picks. They do it again.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 25, 2020
It looks like the New York Jets were in constant communication with the Seattle Seahawks along with other interested trade partners in the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers. With training camp looming around the corner, the Seahawks felt the need to act upon the Jamal Adams trade and grab the star safety to improve their lackluster defense.
The final negotiations ended with Seattle packaging veteran safety Bradley McDougald, a 2021 first-round pick, a 2021 third-rounder, and a 2022 first-rounder to New York in exchange for Adams and a fourth-round pick in 2022. The former sixth-overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft will be bringing much-needed intensity, versatility, and athleticism to the Seahawks defense.
The Jets were able to get the most out of the trade too. They got rid of a disgruntled star player and acquired cap flexibility for the years to come. With a truckload of high draft picks going to New York, the team can maximize these in order to build their roster from the ground up with talented youngsters.
With the two-time Pro Bowler landing on the Seahawks camp, the team is one piece closer towards their goal of claiming the franchise’s second Lombardi Trophy.