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Jamal Adams and the NY Jets ruined the Seattle Seahawks

By Kristen Wong
NY Jets, Jamal Adams, Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
NY Jets, Jamal Adams, Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks / Abbie Parr/GettyImages
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It's official. The Jamal Adams trade is going down as one of the best trades in NY Jets' history — and one of the worst in Seattle Seahawks' history.

On Tuesday, news broke that Seattle was trading quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos in arguably the biggest blockbuster deal of the year.

In the historic trade, the Seahawks are sending Wilson and a fourth-round pick to the Broncos in exchange for two first-round picks, two second-round picks, and a fifth-round pick.

This all but signals the start of a ground-up rebuild for the Seattle Seahawks, and while the Wilson trade has blown up the franchise, the Jamal Adams trade from 2020 effectively lit the spark.

A brief reminder of what went down in that Adams deal: the NY Jets traded Adams and a 2022 fourth round-pick to Seattle in return for Bradley McDougald, a first-round and third-round pick in 2021, and a 2022 first-round pick.

Trading for Adams depleted the Seahawks of significant draft capital (including a top-10 pick this year) which in turn prevented the team from building around Russell Wilson.

While Seattle was busy making Adams happy with a monster four-year extension this past year, Wilson's frustrations about the team's ability to compete were continually ignored.

Those Wilson trade rumors are rumors no more, and in 2022, Wilson and Seattle have finally broken up due to what we assume are irreconcilable differences.

Two years later after the Jets' slam-dunk trade, Adams is back on a rebuilding team, and Wilson has wrangled his way out of Seattle. We bet the Seahawks are still scratching their heads at this one.

The NY Jets orchestrated the demise of Seattle with the Jamal Adams trade

To be fair, this was probably not New York's intention. At the time of the Adams trade, the Jets only meant to offload a disgruntled player and obtain the necessary assets to build for the future.

Adams, to his credit, hasn't come close to becoming the best safety in the league, though Seattle is certainly paying him like one. In two years in Seattle, Adams has recorded just two interceptions, eight passes defended, and 9.5 sacks, posting a 60.1 overall PFF grade this past season.

At 26-years-old, Adams still has time to improve, but he's back to square one, playing for a team undergoing a massive rebuild which is what he wanted to get away from in the first place.

Had the Seahawks opted against trading for Adams that year and instead built up their offensive line, maybe that would have satisfied Wilson enough to stay.

Instead, Seattle suddenly has a gaping hole at quarterback for the 2022 season, offensive weapons rendered useless in D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, and an extremely overpriced safety, not to mention a horde of incensed fans waiting outside their GM's door.

And here we have the seesaw effect of it all: the Adams trade benefited the Jets in the long-term but absolutely torpedoed Seattle and set the franchise on a one-way path toward a massive rebuild.

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Whether or not he realizes it, Jamal Adams played a not-so-small role in the Seahawks' inevitable implosion — the rest is dominoes.

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