Seahawks acquire Jamal Adams, could still land Everson Griffen too

Lindsey Wisniewski
NBC Sports Northwest

Russell Wilson wanted the Seahawks to add more superstars, and they just got one, days before the start of training camp. 

Seattle pulled off a blockbuster trade with the New York Jets on Saturday to add two-time Pro Bowler and All-Pro safety Jamal Adams, who had long been seeking a departure from the Big Apple. 

Per Adam Schefter, the Jets have agreed to trade their disgruntled star safety, along with a 2022 fourth round-pick, to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for safety Bradley McDougald, a first-round and third-round pick in 2021, and 2022 first-round pick.

Both teams have since confirmed the trade.

Adams will arrive in Seattle on his rookie deal and will be owed $7,172, 348 in 2020, per OverTheCap. Bradley McDougald's 2020 guaranteed salary was $5,402,084, meaning the move cost Seattle just $1,770,264 in 2020. 

The Seahawks still have $12,187,381 in cap space for the 2020 season following the Adams acquisition. 

What this means for Jadeveon Clowney 

Seattle is likely out of the Jadeveon Clowney sweepstakes. 

The Seahawks were previously in wait-and-see mode in regards to Clowney, who reportedly lowered his asking price from $20M to somewhere in the $17M range

Seattle remained in the mix for the edge rusher, but their offer was reported to be somewhere in the $15 million range, according to ESPN's John Clayton. 

Now that the Prez is taking his talents to Seattle, you can almost safely assume the Seahawks can't afford to bring Clowney back in 2020 without the star edge rusher dropping his price tag drastically.

Could the addition of Adams sway Clowney into dropping his asking price? It's not out of the cards. Seattle could try to persuade the 27-year-old to sign a one-year deal, which logistically makes since with the 2020 preseason canceled.

But…Everson Griffen is still on the market.

Could Seattle land Everson Griffen?

Conceivably, the answer is yes, and in my opinion, Seattle should still go after the veteran pass rusher.

Griffen voided the final three years of his contract with the Vikings to become a free agent this offseason. He was just one of only two players in the NFL last season to have a player-controlled void that allowed him to out of his contract if he hit a series of benchmarks: 6.5 sacks and playing on 57 percent of the team's defensive snaps. 

In 2019, Griffen had eight sacks and played 78 percent of snaps. 

Griffen would come cheaper than Clowney, but at what cost? According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, only slightly. 

"I think he's hoping to be a $10 million a year guy and he can probably still play at that level," Fowler told 710 ESPN Seattle. "I don't think the offers are at that number… I think they're probably a little bit higher, but if (he was offered) $10 million, he'd be signed right now. I do believe that."

It is feasible to think Seattle could bring Griffen on board as well. He has spent his entire career with the Minnesota Vikings, earning numerous Pro Bowl honors, and played for head coach Pete Carroll at USC.

However, Minnesota currently has $9.88 million in cap room with head coach Mike Zimmer telling reporters that star running back Dalvin Cook will report to training camp, ending his holdout for a new contract, so the Vikings can still compete with Seattle to re-sign Griffen. 

For Seattle, even after signing Adams, Bruce Irvin, and Benson Mayowa, and drafting Darrell Taylor and Alton Robinson, an addition like Griffen is an added bonus for this team to rise to the top of the crowded NFC West and contend for a Lombardi Trophy.  

Plus, just think about it, adding Adams and Griffen to the Seahawks pass rush would once again return Seattle's vaunted defense to its elite status as one of the league's best. Watch out, NFL.

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