(Side note: It’s remarkable that Brandt, at 89 years old, is still a regular presence in the media.)
Brandt noted former Tigers defensive back Jamal Adams as a player with an expiring contract after 2021 that needs to be locked down by his current team (which is the Seattle Seahawks).
Adams, a three-time Pro-Bowler, was selected with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He was traded to the Seahawks last summer (along with a fourth-round pick) for safety Bradley McDougald, a first and third-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and a first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Former LSU football star Jamal Adams needs to get paid
Will the Seahawks sign Adams to a long-term deal?
It would certainly make sense after giving up two first-round picks for the talented safety.
But what kind of money should Seattle pay Adams?
That’s the big question the Seahawks have to answer according to Brandt.
“The dilemma facing Seattle is whether to pay Adams as a top defensive player overall or as a top safety, with the gap being almost $12 million per year,” wrote Brandt.
I have a feeling that Adams is going to pursue the higher number (as he should).
“[Adams] easily has more sacks (21.5) since he joined the NFL in 2017 than any other safety in that span, and last season, he recorded more sacks by a defensive back (9.5) than anyone else at the position since the NFL first began officially tracking that stat in 1982,” noted Brandt.
If Adams, who isn’t attending minicamp with the Seahawks, and Seattle can’t come to an agreement, it’s highly likely he’ll be franchised tagged before the 2022 season.