SEATTLE — The Seattle Seahawks and Jamal Adams have agreed to a four-year extension that makes him the NFL’s highest-paid safety, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday.
Adams’ deal carries a max value of $72 million, a $20 million signing bonus and $38 million guaranteed, the source told Schefter.
The agreement ends Adams’ three-week hold-in at training camp and his stalemate with the Seahawks, who open their season on Sept. 12 against the Indianapolis Colts.
Adams reported on time for training camp but has not taken part in any practices or games, watching from the sideline while appearing engaged and in good spirits. Coach Pete Carroll said in June that the Seahawks were counting on Adams showing up even if the two sides had yet to reach a deal by then.
Adams had joined many of his teammates in skipping the Seahawks’ voluntary offseason program — several veteran players did not take part until the final week — and was excused from mandatory minicamp so he could tend to a family matter.
At the time, Carroll expressed the organization’s expectation that a deal would get done, even if not before the start of training camp.
Adams was set to make $9.86 million in 2021, the final year of the rookie contract that he signed with the New York Jets as the No. 6 pick in 2017.
The Seahawks inherited that contract when they acquired Adams last summer for a package of picks that included Seattle’s first-rounders in 2021 and ’22, making it their boldest trade of the Carroll/general manager John Schneider era. The Seahawks also gave New York their 2021 third-round pick and safety Bradley McDougald while receiving a 2022 fourth-round pick along with Adams, who had requested a trade after the Jets wouldn’t budge on giving him the contract extension he was seeking.
The Seahawks were up front with Adams at the time of the trade that they weren’t going to extend him right away, in part because they wanted to have a better sense of how much the NFL’s salary cap would drop in future seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic before negotiating such a massive deal. They also wanted to get to know Adams before paying him. Their plan all along was to wait until this offseason on an extension.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Adams trade marked only the fifth time since 2009 that a team gave up multiple first-round picks for a player.
Adams was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2019 and has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons. He set the league’s single-season record for sacks by a defensive back last year with 9.5. That figure led the team, as did his 14 tackles for loss and his 30 pressures which, according to ESPN Stats & Information, were 14 more than any other defensive back in the league.
He missed four games with a groin injury and played through injuries to both shoulders (including a torn labrum that needed surgery), two broken fingers (which also needed surgery) and a hyperextended elbow.
Adams becomes the third player to get an extension from the Seahawks this offseason, joining receiver Tyler Lockett and punter Michael Dickson.
While Adams’ deal is done, the Seahawks still have another contract dispute on their hands with 14-year veteran Duane Brown. The Pro Bowl left tackle, who turns 36 later this month, has also been present but not practicing because he’s seeking an extension as he enters a contract year. All indications are that the Seahawks are not inclined to extend Brown this year.
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