Bobby Wagner: Offenses will have to respect and pay attention to Jamal Adams

Joe Fann
NBC Sports Northwest

Bobby Wagner and Jamal Adams aren't close, per se, but they'd gotten to know each other enough to know how much they'd enjoy being in the same defense.

The two met at a Pro Bowl a few years back and then chatted further at a trip for Jordan Brand – who represents both players – in Monaco (casual right?). The two had the conversation that so many stars in any sport have with one another: Wouldn't it be awesome if we got to be teammates one day?

Apart from a few super teams in the NBA where friends join forces, those hypotheticals usually remain merely fun "what-if" daydreams. Not so in the case of Adams and Wagner, who now join forces with the Seahawks following Seattle's blockbuster deal with the Jets.

"He brings a lot of energy and a lot of passion to the game, and I'm excited to have him on our team," Wagner told reporters via Zoom call on Wednesday. "I've always admired his game from afar, and likewise of mine. I'm excited to have him on the team. I'm excited that we're able to get that going."

Many were shocked by the regularly conservative Seahawks doling out two first-round picks in order to acquire the star safety. It was an aggressive move that indicates John Schneider and Pete Carroll are fully aware of their current championship window while Russell Wilson is a top three player in the NFL.

There's pressure within every level of the organization to get back to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2014. For that reason, Wagner wasn't surprised to see Seattle go all-in to get Adams.

"John always likes to make moves, man. He always does the best he can to make sure we have a great team, and he's going to make any move he thinks is possible to do that. I'm excited about it. I think Jamal is an amazing player."

Seattle had done great work this offseason to improve the overall quality and depth of the roster, but the Seahawks still lacked star power, particularly on defense. Adams helps remedy that void. His versatility, athleticism and physicality makes him a unique mismatch the Seahawks can deploy within a division full of standout skill players and offensive masterminds.

Selfishly, and understandably, Wagner is happy to have another player that opposing offenses will have to game plan for.

"It's another playmaker on the field – another guy that you have to respect, and so he'll get some attention, too," Wagner said.

There's no question that Seattle's defense should be better than it was a year ago, but it's still lacking a star edge rusher. Seahawks fans, and maybe even a few players in the locker room, are holding out hope that Jadeveon Clowney comes back to Seattle in 2020. That signing would give the defense a chance to be well above league average.

Wagner didn't have much to say on that topic. He hasn't spoken to Clowney out of respect for the free agent edge rusher.

"I feel like he has a decision that he has to make for his family and things of that nature," Wagner said. "A lot of times I give people their space to make their decision and respect the decision they're going to make for their families."

Seattle's defensive leader was keen to add his faith in who is already on the roster, namely Bruce Irvin, Benson Mayowa and the pair of rookies Alton Robinson and Darrell Taylor.

"We've got a lot of young guys who are ready for an opportunity to grow," Wagner said. "It's going to be fun."

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