How the Jamal Adams trade changes 2020 outlook in the NFC West

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The Seattle Seahawks made a splash in the trade market prior to the start of training camp. They made an aggressive pursuit for Jamal Adams and ended up getting a deal done with the New York Jets. This move will impact the 2020 outlook for the Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, and San Francisco 49ers, not just the Seahawks.

What the Seahawks ultimately had to give up in order to land Adams was significant. The trade package featured sending the Jets a pair of first-round picks (2021 & 2022), a 2022 third-round pick, and Bradley McDougald in exchange for Adams and a 2022 fourth-round pick.

Many expected the Dallas Cowboys to be the team to pull off a trade for Adams if one were to take place. They had long been connected to the All-Pro safety and even were in serious discussion about a deal with the Jets prior to the mid-season trade deadline in 2019.

An addition of a talent like Adams changes things in the immediate future for not only the Seahawks but for the other teams in the NFC West. Seattle becomes an even more formidable team that has more hope to display needed improvement on defense with Russell Wilson in his prime.

Considering how he’s only 24-years-old, there will be an impact on the future as well, both positive and negative when all factors are considered. The expected decline in the NFL salary cap due to playing without fans will only add complexity to the situation.

With that being said, let’s take a look at how the Jamal Adams trade changes the outlook for each NFC West team in 2020.

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