Seahawks GM John Schneider gives reason behind big trade for Jamal Adams

Jonathan Warner
NBC Sports Northwest

The Seattle Seahawks blockbuster trade for New York Jets safety Jamal Adams has had a few days to breathe now from its initial shock to the media world last Saturday.

One side views this trade as an absolute steal for the Jets, with an unnamed former NFL GM saying they "wouldn't give up 2 1st-round picks for a Safety."

The other side views it as the Seahawks adding tremendous talent to the defense, and helping Russell Wilson while he is still in his prime by adding a key player like Adams.

[Listen to the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Gregg Bell to dissect the Seahawks offseason].

There are a lot of different ways you can look at it, but at the end of the day, Jamal Adams is officially apart of the Seahawks organization.

Seahawks GM John Schneider is never afraid to discuss his decisions for the future of the organization. Even if they include trading away two first-round picks for safety.

In an interview with NBC Sports Peter King, Schneider discussed when he knew it was the right move to give away a second first-round pick for a player like Adams, knowing that in the past, the Seahawks have done historically well picking later in the draft.

You know when you're picking in the late 20s its a different challenge. We just viewed it as an opportunity to say if we were picking 27 to move up to number 26, what does that look like to us on draft weekend? Quite honestly we thought it was appropriate for us that that would be the right compensation…..

…..You can't sit here and preach that you're going to be a consistent championship-caliber football team and not be in something like this and go for it.

Over the past five seasons, the Seahawks average draft position before the trade is 23.4, so high draft picks have never been on Schneider's' mind since he took over the GM spot in 2010.

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Jamal Adams is an exceptional football player, and Schneider knows and sees that from afar. With Wilson in his prime, gathering pieces to help go for a championship is something Schneider is not afraid to do.

"When you sit back and you are constantly preaching to your staff about what can we do every day to get better," Schneider said, "you're adding somebody of Jamal's intensity and dog and instincts, he just an incredible football player. We just felt it was an opportune time and we could not pass on this."

Schneider later spoke on the importance of the whole draft, and not just the first round. He knows he can get athletes that can come later in the rounds.

Russell Wilson is one pretty good example of this thinking.

There might have been a ton of scrutiny when the draft first went down, but Schneider seems to be confident that he made the right move to compete this year for a championship run.

You can watch the whole conversation with Peter King where they discuss more the trade and Schneider's thoughts on this year's NFL season here.

[Listen to the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Gregg Bell to dissect the Seahawks offseason].

Seahawks GM John Schneider gives reason behind big trade for Jamal Adams originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

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