The Seattle Seahawks were the latest team in the NFL to make a blockbuster trade by acquiring Jamal Adams from the New York Jets. One team that shouldn’t have regrets about not landing the All-Pro safety is the San Francisco 49ers.
Coming off a Super Bowl loss, it would have been justifiable for the 49ers to make an aggressive trade to ramp up their effort to run it back in 2020. They do not necessarily have to make such a move considering the talent already on their roster.
The Seahawks gave up a considerable amount in order to land Adams. Seattle sent the Jets a pair of first-rounders (2021 & 2022), a 2021 third-rounder, and Bradley McDougald in exchange for Adams and a 2022 fourth-rounder. Adams will be under contract for the next two seasons before commanding a hefty contract extension.
It’s not ideal that an inner-division rival was the team to land Adams in the trade. His impact as a run-stopper and pass-rusher are well known, but he’s also an underrated coverage option. The 49ers will undoubtedly experience his impact when they face each other in 2020.
There are long-term concerns with the financial landscape of the Seahawks but they are fully entrenched in pursuing a Super Bowl victory with Russell Wilson in his prime. With short-term efforts, the years to follow after often impacted, so that’s something to monitor.
With that being said, let’s take a look at three reasons the 49ers were right to not trade for Jamal Adams.