After months of speculation, Jets star safety Jamal Adams has been dealt to the Seattle Seahawks, for a haul including two 1st round picks, a 3rd round pick, and defensive back Bradley Mcdougald. It was known for a long period of time that Jamal wanted out, and that he had a list of preferred destinations. The Seahawks were on that list, and here they acquire an All-Pro level safety as they look to win it all in 2020-21.
First off, from a Jets point of view, you have to be happy with the package in return. Two 1st round picks are rarely traded at once for any player, and Mcdougald is a safety who can at least start for them this upcoming season. Despite claims that they would not be trading Adams, this was always the right call. If he was intent on not playing for the team, this is an offer you can not refuse, as much as it hurts all Jets fans.
From a Seahawks standpoint, you also have to be happy with the deal. Obviously, it is a hefty price to pay, especially if he does not end up re-signing there, but this team’s window to win is shutting. Wilson is not extremely young, and no longer has the electric young core of seasons past. It is time for them to take another run at a championship, before their pro bowl quarterback runs out of magic. Their defense is not necessarily elite, but with Adams is more than a respectable enough group to compete.
At the end of the day, this does not seem like a trade where either side loses, however, this certainly pushes the Jets rebuild back at least a year, while vaulting the Seahawks into Super Bowl contention. Adams is one of the best safeties in all of football, and his impact on the field is undeniable. His off field drama this offseason though made it impossible for the Jets to hold on to him.