The Seattle Seahawks have reportedly offered Jamal Adams a record-breaking contract. The deal will make Adams the highest-paid safety in the NFL. As a result, a deal should occur soon to keep Adams in Seattle for the long run.
Contract talks between Adams and Seattle have been slow. However, Adams does have leverage and wants to reset the entire safety market. According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, contract negotiations should continue throughout training camp.
“It’s complicated, because Jamal Adams has some leverage. “He knows the team gave up two first-round picks to get him, and he’s trying to reset the safety market in a big way. I’m not saying he’s holding out, but this is a player who got his way out of New York over his contract. The Seahawks at least know they’re dealing with a hard bargainer.”Jeremy Fowler
The biggest salary for any safety in the league belongs to Justin Simmons. The Broncos gave Simmons a four-year, 61 million dollar extension this offseason. However, Adams should get more and completely reset the market for his position.
Adams has leverage in these contract talks. He knows he's the most versatile safety in the NFL, and he knows how much the Seahawks gave up to acquire him. As a result, Adams has his demands, and it's up to Seattle to meet them.
The Seahawks are trying to give Jamal Adams a lucrative new contract. However, he knows what he wants and is willing to wait until he gets what he feels he deserves.
Training camp is right around the corner, so expect the contract talks to pick up a little more. There could be a chance Adams holds out at training camp if both sides can't reach a deal. However, a deal has been offered, and it would make him the league's richest safety.