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Seattle Seahawks place Jamal Adams on IR, to undergo season-ending surgery

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Since the trade, Jamal Adams and the Seattle Seahawks have fallen on hard times. Now that experience has gotten much worse. Adams reportedly suffered a quadruple tendon tear during Monday night’s game against the Denver Broncos.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Adams is now placed on injured reserve and is expected to undergo end-of-season surgery. For Adams, this is the fourth year in a row that he has suffered injuries, although this one is the most serious to date.

Adams should be able to make a full recovery and be back at 100% by the time the 2023 season rolls around, but it’s a blow to a Seattle team still searching for an identity after trading Russell Wilson. Their first week started better than anyone could have imagined by beating the Broncos. However, if they want to continue that effort, it won’t be with Adams for the rest of this season.

Instead, the Seahawks will likely look to the next man on the depth chart, which currently lists veteran safety Josh Jones as a starter against Quandre Diggs. Jones started 26 games during his six-year NFL career. Still, it’s always possible that Pete Carroll is looking outside the organization to fill the sudden new need at the back of his defense as well.

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A look back at the Seattle Seahawks’ decision to trade for Jamal Adams

The Seahawks had a dismal defense and needed a point guard to help usher in a new era. The Legion of Boom was long gone and the talent on the depth chart was bleak.

Insert Adams, who general manager John Schneider acquired from the New York Jets in the 2020 NFL offseason. In doing so, the Seahawks parted ways with two first-round picks, a third-round pick and Bradley McDougald for Adams and a fourth-round pick.

Those two first-round picks ended up being the 23rd pick in 2021 (later used in a trade to get Alijah Vera-Tucker) and the 10th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft to select wide receiver Garrett Wilson.

Obviously, the Seahawks didn’t care about the future implications at the time of the trade, they were just focused on rebuilding their defense while putting the best possible roster around their franchise face, Russell Wilson.

We now see that all of that effort was in vain, as Wilson still demanded and received his out-of-town trade.

  • jamal adams Statistics (season averages with Seattle): 85 tackles, 1 INT, 4.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 4 pass deflections

Looking back, could the Seahawks have used those two selections to bolster their core talent? You bet they could have. But no one ever knows what the future holds, and no one could have predicted that Wilson would miss three games due to injury last season. Just like we couldn’t predict Adams would later tear up his quad three years later.

Now, a season after Adams received a four-year, $70 million extension, he is expected to miss at least 21 games of that contract, counting the five he missed in 2021.

Until evaluating his future with the team? He’s stuck in Seattle on a team mired in a complete rebuild. The Seahawks cannot terminate their contract in 2023 without incurring a cap of $21 million in dead wages.

Either way, we all hope Adams can get back to health as soon as possible because the league is at its best when its stars are on the pitch rather than on the sidelines.

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