Clayton: What’s next for the Seahawks after paying Jamal Adams
The numbers for the Jamal Adams deal are in and it turned out well for the Seahawks and Adams.
As it turned out, Adams didn’t get the $40 million guarantee he was seeking when the Seahawks were supposedly offering $38 million. The guarantee upon signing was $21 million in the form of a $20 million signing bonus and a $1 million base this year. Next year, he will get $12.44 million.
For Adams, he was able to get four years at $70 million, or $17.5 million per year. That’s $2.25 million over the next highest-paid safety, Justin Simmons of the Denver Broncos.
The Seahawks were able to get very manageable cap numbers the first two years. He’ll have a $5 million cap number this year, saving them close to $5 million. His cap number next year is $9.11 million.
So the next move is to see if they can get something done with left tackle Duane Brown. Russell Wilson is pushing for it. Brown is a hold-in and isn’t practicing while he’s waiting about a contract extension. Most people think he’s too valuable to the offense to let him sit too long although he wasn’t expected to be playing in this pre-season.
One interesting sidelight of all the negotiations is what happens with free safety Quandre Diggs. Diggs is finishing up a $6.2 million a year contract. Diggs and Adams were selected to the Pro Bowl last season, so the Seahawks not only have one best wide receiver duos in the league but perhaps the best safety duo. We learned from Earl Thomas how important it is in Pete Carroll’s defense to have a top free safety. Diggs is a playmaker who gets turnovers.
The question is whether a team can have two safeties making more than $10 million a year. Clearly, Diggs won’t come close to the Adams contract, but he should be a decent raise.
At least the Seahawks have the cap room this year and next year to get something done with Diggs.