How the blockbuster Jamal Adams trade could impact the Packers.
Once again, the Green Bay Packers will face tough competition from the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC this season.
The Packers ended the Seahawks’ season back in January, but Pete Carroll’s team could come back even stronger in 2020 after making a blockbuster trade for All-Pro safety Jamal Adams.
Green Bay won’t meet Seattle in the regular season, but the Adams trade will have an impact on the entire NFC playoff race.
How could Adams trade impact the Packers?
The Packers and Seahawks have been two of the most consistent NFC teams over the past decade.
Since the start of the 2010 season, both Green Bay and Seattle have made the playoffs eight times. Each team has one Super Bowl victory. Combined, the Packers and Seahawks have three Super Bowl appearances and five NFC Championship Game appearances.
They’ve met in the playoffs twice over the past decade, with each team winning once.
This year, these two teams should again be among the top contenders in the NFC. But the Adams trade makes the Seahawks stronger. They’re aiming to rebuild the “Legion of Boom”, and Adams could play a similar role to Kam Chancellor.
Adams is a two-time All-Pro and two-time Pro Bowler. He can make a huge difference for the Seahawks defense. If the Packers meet the Seahawks in the postseason, it’ll be a tougher game.
How the move could help the Packers
Are there some positives from this trade? You bet.
For starters, Seattle will host the Minnesota Vikings in Week 5, likely Green Bay’s biggest rivals in the NFC North. Adams can be a game-winning addition to the Seahawks defense and could help his new team get the victory over the Vikings.
Then there’s the long-term impact of the trade. Yes, Adams is an incredible player and he will help the Seahawks improve. However, Seattle had to give up a lot to get him. Now without first-round picks over the next two years, and with no third-rounder next year, the Seahawks are taking a huge risk.
With the possibility of the salary cap being lowered next season, building through the draft is going to be so important for every team. The Seahawks have opted to go the opposite route, paying big for a proven star while giving up picks they may need in the coming years.