Heaps: What’s going on between Seahawks and Russell Wilson complicates things with Jamal Adams

Feb 15, 2021, 8:15 AM
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The Seahawks gave up a lot for Jamal Adams, who is only under contract through 2021. (Getty)

After the Seahawks’ 2020 season ended, a lot of attention was being put on strong safety Jamal Adams’ contract situation. This week, however, quarterback Russell Wilson made news by voicing his concerns about his pass protection and stating that he wants to be more involved in Seattle’s personnel decisions.

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Eventually, though, the Seahawks will have to turn their focus back to Adams, who they gave up a lot of draft capital to acquire and is under contract only through the 2021 season. And when they do, it’s going to get complicated, according to former Seahawks quarterback Jake Heaps.

“To be honest with you, I think that this Russell Wilson conversation muddies this whole contract up (with Adams),” Heaps said on 710 ESPN Seattle’s Jake and Stacy.

Though it’s highly unlikely the Seahawks will trade their franchise quarterback, it’s become apparent in the last week that Wilson and the Seahawks’ brass aren’t on the same page. And while Adams was ecstatic to be with Seattle in 2020, his first season with any team other than the New York Jets, Heaps believes he’s going to keep a watchful eye on how everything goes with Wilson.

“If I’m Jamal Adams, I love this organization, I love everything about it, but I also want to be a part of a winner,” Heaps said. “I mean, has anybody thought about that? If you’re going to be here tied to this franchise and you don’t have a franchise quarterback along with you, what does that prospect look like for you to go and win and try and compete for Super Bowls? Are you going to be a part of another rebuild like the one with the Jets that they couldn’t figure out? Clearly, the Seahawks organization is far better than anything else he experienced with the Jets. But if I’m Jamal Adams, I’m probably pretty cautious and very much curious to see how this is going to play out.”

Brock Huard, a fellow former NFL quarterback and 710 ESPN Seattle voice, stated just a few days earlier on the Brock and Salk podcast that signing Adams to a contract extension should have priority for the Seahawks before they do anything in free agency. Heaps thinks the situation with Wilson will only make that a tougher task.

“In terms of (an extension with Adams) getting settled sooner or later, I think this is going to get settled later,” he said. “And I think that Jamal Adams himself, if contract negotiations aren’t going well, this isn’t a guy that’s just going to sit down and roll over either. I could very easily see this is going to be a conversation that gets heated at some point in time.”

You can hear Heaps’ full comments in the Three Questions segment in the podcast at this link or in the player below.

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