Jamal Adams Will Require Offseason Surgery

The Seahawks suffered an early playoff exit at the hands of the division-rival Rams yesterday, and they enter the offseason with plenty of items on their to-do list. One of those items is a new contract for safety Jamal Adams, who revealed after the game that he will require at least two surgeries in short order (via Bob Condotta and Adam Jude of the Seattle Times).

Adams suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder during Seattle’s regular season finale against the 49ers last week, but he played through the pain yesterday so that he could experience his first taste of postseason action. He said he will also need surgery to repair injuries to fingers on his left hand, and his right shoulder — which he injured back in November — might need medical attention as well.

The star defender also missed four games earlier this year due to a groin injury, but he still showed his mettle as a dangerous playmaker. The 9.5 sacks he posted in just 12 games is the highest single-season total in league history for a defensive back, and despite the injuries, he was flying all over the field yesterday, recording four tackles and three passes defensed.

On the other hand, questions about his abilities in coverage have persisted throughout the first few years of his career, and Pro Football Focus’ advanced metrics indicated that only his pass rush skills were elite this year. His run defense and coverage grades were middle-of-the-pack.

That reality and his injuries may well factor into contract negotiations this offseason. Though Adams was demanding a lucrative extension from the Jets, he was perfectly content to play out the fourth year of his rookie deal this year after Gang Green traded him to the ‘Hawks. He said yesterday that he loves being a part of the Seattle organization but that he is more focused on getting healthy at the moment. With respect to his contract situation, he said, “[t]hat’s something that is out of my hands right now.”

The top of the safety market features an average annual value of $14.75MM and full guarantees of $31MM. But Adams might not just be looking to beat those numbers, he might be looking to shatter them. The Seahawks did give up two first-round draft picks to acquire him, and it seems likely that the two sides will be able to come to terms, but contract talks may have a few tricky moments.

Currently, Adams is under club control through 2021 by virtue of the fifth-year option of his rookie contract.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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9 comments on “Jamal Adams Will Require Offseason Surgery

  1. king beas

    Move him to LB he’s a liability in coverage but a beast around the line of scrimmage

  2. arty!

    With respect to his contract situation, he said, “[t]hat’s something that is out of my hands right now.”

    Funny how his contract wasn’t out of his hand when he was w/ the Jets. That’s all he ever talked about.

  3. Phil253

    Yeah he didn’t break any records for sacks or anything this season. Play with a busted hand and shoulder. Revitalize a stagnant and vastly underperforming defense when he returned from IR. But yeah let’s complain about him. How about instead we complain about the awful decision making of Pete Carroll and how wasteful he is with Russ’ talent. But yeah let’s talk about how the best safety in the league isn’t due a raise, but we all know what you’re really complaining about anyway.

    • Misterants

      Best safety in football hahahahaha. “…Pro Football Focus’ advanced metrics indicated that only his pass rush skills were elite this year. His run defense and coverage grades were middle-of-the-pack.”

    • rocky7

      Yeh, lets see what comes out of his mouth about what he thinks he’s worth this offseason now that he’s on the last year of his rookie contract….this guy seems to be all about what he thinks he should be paid…..better hope he likes the money or those smiles will turn to something ugly in a HURRY….you’ll hear the same negative junk the Jets heard! Best Safety in the league…according to your metrics we guess.

  4. GoLandCrabs

    Seahawks got absolutely fleeced by the Jets. Traded two 1sts and a 3rd for a mediocre coverage safety who is only good when blitzing. Rams traded less for Jalen Ramsey who locked up their star WR all 3 meetings this season. Seahawks window is closed.

  5. paindonthurt

    @GoLandCrabs this is a bad take. Wait and see what those pics turn into. Adam’s is a top safety and that defense was awful when he didn’t play. The window being closed may very well be true, but they went for it.

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