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Eagles won’t be trading for Jamal Adams and instead will be facing him

The All-Pro safety is coming to Philly ... as a member of the Seahawks.

New York Jets v Philadelphia Eagles Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Eagles were on the list of Jamal Adams’ preferred destinations but the All-Pro safety is headed elsewhere instead.

The New York Jets are trading Adams to the Seattle Seahawks, as first reported by the New York Post’s Brian Costello. NFL insider Adam Schefter provided the exact terms.


S Bradley McDougald
2021 first-round pick
2021 third-round pick
2022 first-round pick


S Jamal Adams
2022 fourth-round pick

That’s no cheap price but the Seahawks are paying for a premium talent, as we previously highlighted:

There’s no question that the No. 6 overall pick from the 2017 NFL Draft is talented. He’s already notched two Pro Bowl appearances and one first-team All Pro season at age 24. Adams has started 46 out of 48 possible games and has logged 273 total tackles, 25 passes defensed, six forced fumbles, two interceptions, and one defensive touchdown. Pro Football Focus had Adams graded as their third best safety in 2018 and fourth best in 2019.

Still, it feels like the Jets got the better end of this one. Especially since Adams vocally wanted out and tried to hurt their leverage. Nice job by former Eagles vice president of player personnel and current Jets general manager Joe Douglas.

There was talk that the Eagles were the best fit for Adams but the feeling here was this was never a realistic option for Philly.

Can the Eagles really afford to give up premium assets in addition to handing out another big money contract? Probably not. The Eagles are currently $50 million OVER the cap in 2021 and they’re counting on rolling over most of their 2020 cap space to help lower that deficit. Being able to use their 2021 first-round pick [and more] on an inexpensive rookie deal is also an important part of that equation.

The Eagles are set to host the Seahawks in Week 12 so they’ll presumably see Adams then. At least Douglas didn’t trade him to the Dallas Cowboys, which would’ve meant the Eagles facing him twice per season.

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