Breaking: Ravens Closing In On Deal To Sign $70.58 Million Free Agent

Breaking: Ravens Closing In On Deal To Sign $70.58 Million Free Agent

Jamal Adams, now a free agent, was once one of the league’s greatest safeties. Originally picked with the sixth overall choice, the LSU graduate soon established himself as one of the game’s best players. Adams appeared in three consecutive Pro Bowls with the Jets and Seahawks between 2018 and 2020, earning First-Team All-Pro honors in 2019.

Adams signed a four-year, $70.58 million extension in August 2021, but was unable to complete his contract. The veteran’s age caught up to him, and the cash-strapped Seahawks were forced to dismiss him and make him a free agent. While he hasn’t gotten much attention on the free market, the veteran finally paid a visit to the Baltimore Ravens.

Ravens Host Jamal Adams On Free Agent Visit, Is Signing Imminent?

The Ravens feature one of the NFL’s greatest safety duos, Kyle Hamilton and Marcus Williams. However, Baltimore employs more three-safety formations than any other team, and they have failed to adequately replace the departed Geno Stone. Stone is more of a free safety, but Adams excels at boxing. Baltimore is unlikely to deploy the free agent in Stone’s former role, but they may sign Jamal Adams as veteran insurance for Kyle Hamilton.

Of course, the Baltimore Ravens shouldn’t be the only team interested in kicking the tires on free agent Jamal Adams. While the former sixth-overall pick is not the player he used to be, he can still play a depth role in the right defense. In no particular order, these five teams make the most sense for the three-time Pro Bowler.

Other Potential Destinations

New York Giants

The New York Giants lost probably their finest defensive player, safety Xavier McKinney. Although second-round rookie Tyler Nubin is expected to be the long-term answer at the position, the team may need a short-term solution if the University of Minnesota product need adjustment time in the NFL. Jamal Adams is not the same type of player as McKinney, but the free agent can add a physical, run-stuffing presence to a defense that will face the mobile Jalen Hurts and old friend Saquon Barkley twice a season.

Denver Broncos

According to sources, the Denver Broncos will not re-sign Justin Simmons to a lower contract. While this shows that Denver believes in their young talent, they might benefit from a low-cost free agent like Jamal Adams to help the next generation adapt to the league. Adams, at this point in his career, is not a long-term solution and will only be useful in specific situations. However, the previous great may provide run game help while also mentoring younger backup players.

Atlanta Falcons

Now that Kirk Cousins has arrived, the Falcons’ offense has the potential to go deep into the playoffs. However, they continue to lack a reliable defense. Jamal Adams cannot address every problem on this team, but the free agent will help a safety depth chart that is lacking talent beyond ace Jessie Bates. With only $6.8 million in contract space, Atlanta is unlikely to justify investing big on top-tier players like Simmons, so ideally they can catch lightning in a bottle with Adams.

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