Report: Jamal Adams still wants to be NFL’s highest-paid safety after Seahawks trade
After finding a new home with the Seattle Seahawks, star safety Jamal Adams is far from satisfied. The two-time Pro Bowler still has boxes left unchecked on his list which includes his goal of landing the biggest paycheck among NFL safeties.
ESPN Senior NFL insider Adam Schefter bared the news on Twitter:
Jamal Adams is scheduled to fly to Seattle on Monday to undergo his physical with the Seahawks on the same day, per source. Adams' goal of becoming the NFL's highest-paid safety has not changed.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 26, 2020
The Seahawks star began his NFL career when he was selected by the New York Jets with the sixth pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Despite the team not being lucky enough, the former LSU Tiger still garnered a handful of individual awards before being traded.
Adams was named a member of the PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2017, a second-team All-Pro inclusion in 2018, and eventually landed a spot on the first-team All-Pro in 2019.
He was looking well as a franchise cornerstone for the New York-based team. In three years with the team, Adams registered 273 total tackles, 12.0 sacks, and 6 forced fumbles as the Jets’ starting safety.
On June 12, 2020, Adams replied to an Instagram post stating that the Jets were “A lot of talk, no action” referencing his desire for a contract extension with the team. Less than a week later, Adams officially requested to be traded from the Jets.
Along the way, he was linked to his hometown Dallas Cowboys among other interested suitors, but it was the Seahawks that won the trade sweepstakes. At one point, Jets head coach Adam Gase and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams shrugged off Adams’ frustrations and expressed that they still wanted to keep him on the team.
Adams’ downward spiral with the team was caused by pointless contract negotiations. He hopes that this won’t be the case with his new team as he is ready to set a new lease on his young playing career.