After publicly criticizing New York Jets head coach Adam Gase and general manager Joe Douglas, Gang Green traded two-time pro bowler Jamal Adams and a fourth round draft pick in 2022 to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for a first round pick in 2021 and 2022, a third round pick in 2021 and safety Bradley McDougald.
Even though this trade might hurt the Jets in the short term as their defense will take a step backwards, they got a lot in return for Adams. This was a good trade by rookie GM Joe Douglas as he was able to secure two first-round picks and a player on top of that when you would think that teams would be offering less considering that the Jets had no leverage since Jamal had already publicly voiced his displeasure and wanted to get out of New York. Furthermore, adding starting safety in Bradley McDougald who can play both at strong and free safety. On top of that, the Jets also have Mathias Farley who played special teams last season and Marcus Maye who is a free safety. While this trade is not what you would like to see as the Jets have now traded five of their last six first round picks (Darron Lee, Leonard Williams, Calvin Pryor, Sheldon Richardson, Jamal Adams), they now eliminate a player that would have become a headache in the locker room and now saved their team culture as they start training camp on Tuesday in Florham Park, New Jersey.
The Seahawks add an established player in Adams as they are coming off one of their worst defensive seasons under head coach Pete Caroll. Seattle now has the opportunity to be notably improved if Quinton Dunbar doesn’t miss time from his armed robbery case and Shaquill Griffin, who made the pro bowl as a rookie last season. It should be mentioned as Dan Graziano of ESPN reported, the Seahawks currently do not have an extension in place with Adams at this time. However, as Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reported, a contract extension was not part of the deal for Seattle. Instead, they feel more comfortable waiting until next off season to give him an extension. It is worth noting as Fowler also reported, a big reason as to why the Seahawks pulled the trigger for Adams was due to the uncertainty of having a draft in 2021 because of the unknown of a college football season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. On top of that, as Fowler also reported, Seattle also views Jamal more as a weapon rather than a safety. Whereas, as Rich Cimini of ESPN mentioned, the Jets did not view Adams as an all around force and and didn’t want to give out a market setting contract to him. The Sehawks ship out east Bradley McDougald as he is entering his final year in his contract and would’ve had competition for his starting job from Marquis Blair.
Overall, this trade was a win win for both teams as the Jets got rid of a player that had no interest in staying and would have caused a bad locker room, and the Seahawks get a player that will improve their defense as they look to grow as a team and advance further into the playoffs. It will be fascinating to watch Jamal Adams play his former team when the Jets play in Seattle in week 14.