Jamal Adams and the Seattle Seahawks have reached an agreement. Adams is currently the highest-paid safety in the NFL.
According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, Adams agreed to a four-year, $70 million contract with $38 million guaranteed, according to a person familiar with the deal. Adams later signed a contract extension with Seattle.
The Broncos’ Justin Simmons ($15.25 million) has the highest new money average among all safeties with $17.5 million per year. Landon Collins is the only safety with a higher guaranteed salary ($44.5 million), but he did so on a six-year contract.
According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Adams’ contract has a maximum value of $72 million, implying that if he meets team and individual performance incentives, he could make $18 million per year, the same as current top-paid Seahawks colleague Bobby Wagner.
Adams was set to earn $9.86 million in the final year of his rookie contract. He’s now under contract until the 2025 season.
While recent contract talks — or alleged lack thereof — between Adams’ representatives and the Seahawks have been fraught with anxiety, all of the fretting and pontificating has gone up in smoke. The transaction was completed, and Adams returned to practice on Tuesday afternoon.
It was never in doubt that the Seahawks would pay Adams the highest-paid safety in the league. Rapoport and Garafolo continued to report that this would be the case in the end. The assurances and salary structure were the more pressing concerns.
When the Seahawks traded two first-round picks to the New York Jets for the former No. 6 overall pick, they took on all the risk. As a result, Adams gained enormous power. After paying such a hefty price to acquire him, the Seahawks were never going to let the star safety depart.
Adams has been missing sessions as the two sides worked out an agreement. Rapoport said that now that the transaction is finalized, the safety’s return to the field will be imminent. Adams has plenty of time to prepare for the season with more than three weeks until the first game.
Adams started 12 games in his debut season in Seattle, racking up 83 tackles, 9.5 sacks, three passes defensed, and one forced fumble. Pete Carroll used him as a chess piece, causing chaos and disruption for offenses anytime he was on the field, despite his struggles in coverage at times. The Seahawks think that Adams’ injuries contributed to his coverage issues last season. Seattle believes that now that he’s fully recovered, he’ll be a much better fit in the scheme in Year 2.
We thought Adams would become the highest-paid safety after the Seahawks made the huge trade for him last offseason. That day has finally arrived. Fans of the Seattle Seahawks can exhale a sigh of relief, as the contract disagreement will not affect the team in 2021.