The price for that opportunity was steep: The Seahawks gave up their next two first-round picks in the deal. They're caught in the middle ground veteran National Football League players dread; they're good enough to stick around and contribute, but once they're off those rookie deals, keeping them around at the expense of a younger, cheaper player isn't a great value play.
And yet, I can't help but think about how wild this trade is.
Adams is set to make about $3.59 million in 2020 and $9.86 million in 2021. This led to a small exchange where Adams welcomed their matchup in Week 14 of the 2020 season. Their offense was spectacular last season and with Adams in the backfield, they will certainly be a much more well-rounded squad.
While Wilson was excited about the deal, Le'Veon Bell certainly was not. It's entirely possible given the offensive performance in 2019 under Adam Gase. Considering the six rookie draft choices they will be signing to contracts before training camp begins Tuesday and the need to allot cap space for injured reserve and other contingencies, Seattle has about $10 million in real cap space available to use. But Carroll noted that the Seahawks are a perennial playoff contender, and if they remain that way the picks will be toward the end of the first round. He'll fill holes on the roster, either on the offensive side around Darnold or on defense to solidify the team. Seattle shores up its secondary with one of the game's best safeties. But, if Darnold falters or regresses, the Jets have ample security in the form of solid draft capital to change course quickly at the quarterback position without falling off the path of competency too much.
The 24-year-old was drafted sixth overall in 2017.