Head coach Pete Carroll attempted to dispel speculation that the Seattle Seahawks are considering moving on from safety Jamal Adams after signing Julian Love.
“I know there’s some conversation about what we did with Julian, does that have some impact on Jamal or Quandre (Diggs)? It doesn’t,” Carroll said Tuesday, according to team reporter John Boyle. “We have a clear thought of what we’re going to do with our guys and how we want to play them, and we feel very fortunate to have all of our guys.”
Seattle acquired Adams in a blockbuster trade with the New York Jets in 2020. The 2019 first-team All-Pro provided an immediate boost to the Seahawks’ defense by setting the single-season record for sacks by a defensive back (9.5).
Adams then signed a four-year, $70.6-million contract in 2021 but has been unable to replicate his early production.
The three-time Pro Bowler has been plagued by injuries over the past two seasons, playing in just 25 of a possible 50 games since joining the Seahawks. He’s recovering from a torn quadriceps tendon, which is leaving his status for the start of training camp in question.
Adams is set to carry an $18.1-million cap hit in 2023, per Spotrac.
Meanwhile, Carroll called Love a “remarkable player” and said the club jumped at the opportunity to get him. The Seahawks boss also likes Love’s versatility to play deep safety, nickel, or close to the line of scrimmage.
Love signed a two-year, $12-million contract with Seattle earlier in March. The 25-year-old racked up 124 tackles, six tackles for loss, and two interceptions in his first season as a full-time starter for the New York Giants in 2022.
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