One of the Seahawks’ goals heading into 2020 was to improve a defense that didn’t live up to expectations last campaign, and on Saturday they made a big move to improve on that side of the ball, acquiring All-Pro and Pro-Bowl safety Jamal Adams in a trade with the New York Jets, pending physicals.
To obtain one of the game’s top defensive players, the Seahawks are sending to the Jets first and third-round picks in next year’s draft, a first-rounder in 2022, and safety Bradley McDougald. The Jets are sending a 2022 fourth-round pick to Seattle in addition to Adams, again, all pending physicals.
In a message to the Seahawks organization and fans that he posted on Twitter, Adams wrote, “You have a man on a mission, a man all in on winning a Super Bowl, being the best leader & teammate he can be, & a man who will give everything he has to the city of Seattle and to the 12s all across the world. Thank you for believing in me!”
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Adams, 24, was the No. 6 overall pick out of LSU in 2017 and has started all 46 matches he has played in his three-year career.
Adams earned second-team AP All-Pro honors in 2018, and was a first-team selection in 2019, and has also been a Pro-Bowler each of the past two years. Last season Adams recorded 75 tackles, 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception, which he returned 61 yards for a touchdown.
Adams is the second starting safety obtained by the Seahawks in a trade in less than a year, joining Quandre Diggs, who was added last year in a midseason trade with the Lions.
McDougald, who signed with the Seahawks as a free agent in 2017, has started 39 games over the past three seasons, primarily at strong safety, which is also Adams’ position.
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