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Jamal Adams is in the building. As Seahawks players descend onto the facility for the start of training camp, a social media post documenting a few arrivals revealed that the All-Pro safety was among those reporting on time. Of course, Adams’ attendance at the beginning of camp was particularly noteworthy given that the two sides are currently in the midst of negotiations regarding an extension as he enters the final year of his contract. Adams was given an excused absence for mandatory minicamp earlier this summer, but it appears like he is good to go for training camp, despite there not being a deal agreed upon yet.
The Seahawks are reportedly willing to make Adams the highest-paid safety in the NFL with this extension. That said, the two sides were not close to coming to terms, according to a report from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network on Monday. Despite the reported gap in talks, both sides coming to terms does seem like an inevitability, given the lofty draft capital — headlined by two first-rounders — the Seahawks gave up to acquire Adams in a trade with the Jets last year.
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If Adams — who is set to make $9.86 million on his fifth-year option this season — does get a market-setting deal, he’d be leaping over Broncos safety Justin Simmons, who just signed a $61 million deal over four years that includes $35 million guaranteed. Adams’ average annual salary would be somewhere above Simmons’ $15.25 million, but it may not be much higher than that. Prior reports noted that Seattle wants to keep linebacker Bobby Wagner as its highest-paid defender. Wagner’s current contract gives him an AAV of $18 million per season.
While no deal has been struck yet, Adams electing to report to camp and not holdout should be looked at as a positive development. It will be interesting, however, to see the 25-year-old’s level of participation in camp as these negotiations continue.