The Seattle Seahawks are reportedly willing to make Jamal Adams the highest-paid safety in the NFL. The question is, when will he be locked up to a deal?
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Adams and the Seahawks are not "close at all" to a long-term extension. However, the three-time Pro Bowler is expected to report to training camp on time Tuesday.
"Eventually, this will be a deal that I think both sides will be happy with and Jamal Adams will likely be a very, very rich man," Rapoport adds.
Adams is set to play out the 2021 season on his fifth-year option, which carries a salary of $9.86 million.
The Denver Broncos made Justin Simmons the highest-paid safety in the league with a four-year, $61 million deal. However, Adams reportedly might view himself closer to being a Fred Warner than a Simmons, and would want to be paid as such. Warner recently signed a five-year, $95 million extension ($19 million AAV) with the San Francisco 49ers.
Adams, 25, recorded a career-high 9.5 sacks, three pass breakups, one forced fumble, 83 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss and 14 quarterback hits in 12 games last season. It was his first campaign with the Seahawks after three seasons with the New York Jets.
It's unclear how much the Seahawks are willing to offer Adams. However, NFL Media recently reported that Seattle would like to keep Bobby Wagner as its highest-paid defensive player at $18 million per year.