Seattle’s reticence is due to the pending financial uncertainty because of expected revenue loss from the pandemic. The cap in 2021 could drop as low as $175 million from 2020’s $198 million number.
Henderson adds Adams understands the situation and is on board with the plan after the Jets’ reticence to negotiate helped prompt his dissatisfaction with the team. Henderson notes Seattle wouldn’t have pulled the trigger on the trade otherwise.
However, Adams’ goal of becoming the NFL’s highest-paid safety remains. Bears S Eddie Jackson currently leads all safeties at $14.6 million per year.
It’s only a matter of time before Seattle adds a significant financial investment on top of the third and two first-round picks they’ve already dealt for Adams.
Adams, 24, is a former first-round pick of the Jets back in 2017. He just finished the third year of his four-year contract worth $22,256,084, which includes a signing bonus of $14,326,244.
Adams is set to make a base salary of $735,000 in 2020 with a $2.76 million roster bonus also counting against the cap.
The Jets exercised Adams’ fifth-year option before the draft, which will carry over to Seattle at the cost of $9.86 million for the 2021 season. This figure is guaranteed for injury only and won’t prevent them from working on a long-term extension in the next year or so.
In 2019, Adams appeared in 14 games for the Jets and recorded 75 tackles, 6.5 sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles, one recovery, two defensive touchdowns and seven pass defenses.