Jamal Adams traded to 49ers rival Seahawks, who give up haul for safety

Ali Thanawalla
NBC Sports BayArea

Jamal Adams won't be traded to the 49ers after all.

The Seattle Seahawks acquired the All-Pro safety from the New York Jets in a blockbuster trade on Saturday.

Seattle gave up a haul to get Adams, sending a 2021 first-round draft pick, a 2021 third-round draft pick, a 2022 first-round draft pick and safety Bradley McDougald to the Jets.

The trade of Adams comes a few days after he voiced his displeasure with Jets owner Woody Johnson's reported racist and sexist remarks while serving as the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Adams also criticized Adam Gase's ability as a head coach.

"I don't feel like he's the right leader for this organization to reach the promised land," Adams told the New York Daily News. "As a leader, what really bothers me is that he doesn't have a relationship with everybody in the building. At the end of the day, he doesn't address the team. If there's a problem in the locker room, he lets another coach address the team. If we're playing s----y and we're losing, he doesn't address the entire team as a group at halftime. He'll walk out of the locker room and let another coach handle it."

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49ers fans had longed to add Adams to the secondary, but it was always going to be a tough move for general manager John Lynch to make.

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In addition to the trade package the 49ers would have had to surrender, Adams is looking for a long-term contract. The 49ers already have limited salary cap space, so re-signing Adams and All-Pro tight end George Kittle would have been tough.

Instead, the 49ers watch Adams go to their biggest rival. Now, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and the rest of the offense will have to deal with seeing Adams on the other side of the ball twice in 2020, Week 8 and Week 17.

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