Jamal Adams is a costly new addition for the Seattle Seahawks. Adams was acquired via trade from the New York Jets this offseason and the Seahawks surrendered two first-round picks, a third-rounder and starting safety Bradley McDougald. While expectations are high for the All-Pro safety, Adams is already proving to be a “problem” in Seattle.
Jamal Adams’ football career
Jamal Adams played three years of college football at LSU. The 6-foot-1 safety played every game, starting twice, as a true freshman in 2014. He finished his three years with the Tigers with five interceptions, two forced fumbles, and 209 tackles. As a junior, Adams was named to the Associated Press All-SEC first team.
Adams was drafted by the New York Jets in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. He was the sixth overall player chosen. In his first season in the NFL, Adams started all 16 games and finished with 83 tackles (63 solo). He had six pass deflections and recorded a pair of sacks.
In 2018 and 2019, Adams made the Pro Bowl. In 2019, he was named First-Team All-Pro after battling through injuries while starting 14 games. He had an interception, 6.5 sacks, and finished with 75 tackles (61 solo).
Adams requests trade from Jets
In June, it was reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Jamal Adams was requesting a trade from the New York Jets. Schefter said Adams had seven teams in his list of preferred destinations. That list included the Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles, and San Francisco 49ers.
Adams and the Jets had a rocky relationship at best. Jets general manager said the team was hoping to keep the two-time Pro Bowl safety. “While we had maintained our interest in Jamal Adams having a long successful career with the Jets, we know it’s important to be prepared and willing to adjust to new offers and circumstances,” Douglas said in part in a statement, according to ESPN. “As I have always said, my job is to listen to calls, and this offer was one we could not ignore.”
Adams has called the team out on social media. He criticized head coach Adam Gase and team owner Woody Johnson on Twitter. The Jets got a good return for Adams, securing two first-round picks, a third-rounder, and a starting safety in Bradley McDougald. The Seahawks also got a fourth-round pick in 2022 in return.
Adams showing he’s a ‘problem’ with the Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has been watching newly acquired safety Jamal Adams ruin his day. Adams has been a beast since his arrival, disrupting the flow of Schottenheimer’s offense during drills. Schottenheimer has referred to Adams as a ‘problem’ and for the Seahawks, it’s a good problem to have.
“I’ve been extremely impressed with the guy,” Schottenheimer said in The Seattle Times. “His knowledge, his experience to disguise things and make things all look the same. … And this guy’s football instincts and understanding of the scheme is awesome, so he’s hard to get a read on. I mean, he really is. …So he’s a problem. He’s a problem because of his talent and ability but also the way he thinks the game, and it’s exciting to see. I love that he’s making it hard on us every day along with the entire defense.”
Not only is Adams a talented player, Schottenheimer was quick to praise the energy he brings every day. “The first thing I love about the guy is the energy that he brings to practice,” Schottenheimer said. “You guys see it — we like to have fun out there, we like to fly around. There’s a lot of trash talk, there’s a lot of good-natured ribbing, But his energy is elite, it really is. I mean, there’s a passion about it.”