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John Schneider Talks Jamal Adams Trade, Seahawks COVID-19 Protocols & More
In a normal year, NBC Sports' Peter King would probably be making a stop at the VMAC as part of his annual road trip around the country to cover multiple NFL training camps, but this is anything but a normal year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so instead of interviewing Seahawks general manager John Schneider on the shores of Lake Washington, the two had a lengthy video chat for King's podcast.
The two cover a number of topics, and you should really watch the whole thing below, but perhaps most noteworthy to Seahawks fans this week are Schneider's comments on the trade Seattle just made to acquire All-Pro safety Jamal Adams.
Schneider talked at length about the decision to give up so much to get Adams—Seattle sent its next two first-round picks, a third-rounder and Bradley McDougald to the Jets for Adams and a fourth-rounder—and compared it to what it would take to move up from the late 20s, the place Seattle has usually been picking over Schneider and Pete Carroll's tenure, to acquire the No. 6 pick, which is where Adams was selected. That isn't a perfect comparison, as Adams has already played three years of his rookie contract, meaning he'll get more expensive in the near future, but the Seahawks do get the benefit of knowing they're acquiring a proven All-Pro and not an unproven rookie with the No. 6 pick.
"When you sit back and you're constantly preaching to your staff, what can we do every day to get better?" Schneider said. "And you're adding somebody of Jamal's intensity and dog and instincts. He has just been an incredible, incredible football player, so we just felt like it was an opportune time. We love Bradley McDougald, great guy. He's a pro, day in, day out, the Jets are going to love him, but we just couldn't pass on this."
"The way we view it, and I hope this comes across the right way, but historically we've been picking in the late 20s. Credit to our whole football operations staff and Coach Carroll and all his guys and the way they develop people, and obviously our quarterback and Bobby and K.J. and all the veterans that have done such a good job over their years here, but when you're picking in the late 20s, it's a different challenge. And we just viewed it as an opportunity to say, 'if we're picking No. 27 and move up to (No. 6), what does that look like on to us on draft weekend?' And quite honestly, we felt like it was appropriate for us, that that would be the right compensation. Now that can be debated, right? It's fun, it's entertainment for everybody, I get it. But when you're in that arena with somebody and you're having those negotiations and you're trying to figure out what your future is going to look like and what your windows of opportunity look like, we just felt like we should go for it. 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."
Schneider said the addition of Adams is part of the Seahawks' offseason goal to get faster on defense to keep up with some of the unique athletes they face in the NFC West.
"We needed to get faster on our team this year, especially on defense, and I feel like we've done that," Schneider said. "If you look at the National Football League now, especially our division, with all the crossers and talented tight ends that we have, it's important with Ugo (Amadi) and (Marquise) Blair and (Quandre) Diggs and now Jamal, it's a really good group. And we have Lano Hill from Michigan, who two years ago was playing at a very, very high level three games in a row and then had a very serious hip injury—he's had a really nice offseason so we're looking forward to seeing him as well. But you have to have so much speed on the back end, especially when we're playing against Kyler Murray and George Kittle and Robert Woods and all these guys that seem like they are just running all over the place. You've got to have as much speed on the field. So adding a guy like Jamal who has that versatility to play down in the box and play in the hole and play man coverage is really important to us."
Social Post Of The Day
Today's social post comes from Jamal Adams, the Seahawks' new star defensive back who already appreciates the greatness of Russell Wilson.
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, a story on Russell Wilson being voted the No. 2 player in the NFL by his peers.
Also at Seahawks.com, a recap of Bobby Wagner's Wednesday video press conference, which covered a wide variety of topics.
Th Seattle Times recaps Wagner's press conference, including the linebacker's thoughts on what players need to do to keep themselves and each other safe during a pandemic. You can read more on Wagner's press conference in the News Tribune, SeattlePI.com, and NBC Sports Northwest.
Seattle Times columnist Matt Calkins looks at the Seahawks' willingness to make big trades, something they did again over the weekend acquiring Adams.
710 ESPN Seattle host and former Seahawks linebacker Dave Wyman says "Seahawks fans are going to love" Jamal Adams' game.
Seahawks coaches, veteran players and some of the team's newest additions arrived at Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Tuesday, July 28th for pre-entry COVID testing. Seahawks Training Camp is presented by Safeway.