SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Seahawks’ Jamal Adams to undergo season-ending surgery

Dec 8, 2021, 9:54 AM | Updated: 12:27 pm
Seahawks Jamal Adams...
Jamal Adams is airborne as Jacksonville's Carlos Hyde runs the ball at Lumen Field. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
(Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

The Seahawks will lose Pro Bowl strong safety Jamal Adams to season-ending shoulder surgery, head coach Pete Carroll confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

Salk: Why Seahawks’ offense just got more aggressive

Adams, 26, left Seattle’s 30-23 win Sunday over the San Francisco 49ers with a shoulder injury, finishing the game on the sidelines in street clothes. Carroll ominously didn’t have much of an update on Adams’ status Monday during his weekly show on 710 ESPN Seattle or usual afternoon press conference.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted Wednesday morning that Adams tore his labrum Sunday and “suffered significant shoulder damage.” Carroll then confirmed the report in his regular Wednesday press conference.

Adams’ surgery will be performed on the same shoulder he had surgically repaired last offseason, and the upcoming surgery is “a necessity,” according to Rapoport, who added that Adams is expected to make a full recovery in time for the 2022 season. Rapoport added more details during Wednesday’s edition of NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football,” which you can watch a clip of at this link.

The loss of Adams literally adds injury to insult for the struggling Seahawks, who at 4-8 are staring at the reality that the likely highest draft pick they would have had since 2012 will go to the New York Jets. Seattle sent their first-round picks in both 2021 and 2022, a 2021 third-round pick and safety Bradley McDougald to the Jets for Adams and a 2022 fourth-round pick in July 2020.

In addition to the trade compensation Seattle spent to acquire Adams, it signed him to a four-year, $70 million contract extension with $38 million guaranteed in August.

The results on the field have been mixed. Adams set an NFL single-season record for defensive backs with 9.5 sacks in 2020, doing so despite playing just 12 games, but he struggled in coverage and had no interceptions and just three passes defensed last year. And then this year, Adams has two interceptions and five passes defensed but no sacks.

Injuries have been an issue, as well. In addition to shoulder problems now both years since joining the Seahawks, Adams had to have finger surgery after the 2020 season and has been slowed by groin injuries.

Adams, who was selected sixth overall out of LSU by the Jets in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, is a three-time Pro Bowl selection (2018-20) and one-time All-Pro (2019).

Huard’s insight on where Jody Allen stands on direction of Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks Daron Payne...
Brandon Gustafson

Wyman & Bob: Top free agents the Seahawks should target this offseason

During Tuesday's Wyman & Bob, the two hosts dove into some of their favorite free agents who they'd like for the Seahawks to go after.
23 hours ago
Seahawks QB Geno Smith...
Brandon Gustafson

Huard: Where Seahawks QB Geno Smith can grow the most in 2023

Geno Smith shined for the Seahawks in 2022, but Brock Huard says he can be even better in 2023 if he improves in one key area.
23 hours ago
Seahawks Tyler Lockett DK Metcalf...
Brent Stecker

How much do Seahawks need to add a true No. 3 WR to offense?

Seattle Sports' Bump and Stacy dive into the Seahawks' offense, the state of their receivers and how much an upgrade behind DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett would help.
2 days ago
Seahawks Geno Smith...
Brent Stecker

ESPN’s Riddick: Gap between Seahawks’ Geno Smith, Drew Lock is ‘Grand Canyon-esque’

ESPN's Louis Riddick explained to Brock and Salk why he doesn't think the savings that going with Drew Lock at QB would outweigh Geno Smith's production for the Seahawks.
2 days ago
Seahawks Marcus Davenport...
Brandon Gustafson

Huard: How this draft class’ strength can help Seahawks in free agency

Because the 2023 draft is loaded with pass rushers, Brock Huard says there's history to show the Seahawks can take advantage in free agency.
4 days ago
Seahawks Will LEvis...
Brandon Gustafson

Seahawks Draft: Kentucky PxP explains why Will Levis’ comp is Josh Allen

Mel Kiper has the Seahawks taking Kentucky QB Will Levis. Kentucky announcer Tom Leach shares why Levis draws comparisons to a top NFL QB.
5 days ago
Seahawks’ Jamal Adams to undergo season-ending surgery