Trading deadline talk, changes to the Seahawks’ defense on Sunday, and more in the weekly Twitter mailbag. Let’s go to it.
ColdWunz asked: Do you think Seattle loves what you see from Mike Jackson and Trey Brown enough to trade Sidney Jones?
Interestingly, ESPN reported on Tuesday that the Seahawks are already commenting on Jones in trade talks ahead of the November 1 deadline.
And it makes sense that Jones is a veteran who can help a team when the immediate need is in a corner. For now, he’s seen from the outside looking inside with the Seahawks, with Jackson featured as a starter in the left corner and rookie Tariq Wolin on the right.
Seattle also has Artie Burns and Justin Coleman as veteran backup, though Burns is dealing with a groin problem that sent him off on Sunday, as well as Isaiah Dunn, with Xavier Crawford on the coaching staff.
Then there is Brown, who became a regular starter midway through last season but remained in injured reserve while recovering from knee surgery last November. It remains unclear when Brown will return – the team can open a three-week training window at any time.
But it will be interesting to see what kind of market Jones will have. Seattle, I recall, got him from Jacksonville for a sixth-round pick. But this was pre-season and at a time when the Seahawks suddenly had a need for corners.
Partly due to a concussion, Jones has played only three games this year with 45 total shots – 11 on Sunday against Arizona.
But Jones’ contract is only for one year, so if Seattle gets an offer, it makes sense to consider it.
@ourrealtor4life: Do you think the Seahawks will take any steps before the trade deadline?
Never say never, but this doesn’t sound like a year there will necessarily be a big move coming, unlike 2019 (Quandre Diggs) or 2020 (Carlos Dunlap), when Seattle added important players at or near the deadline.
For one thing, the Seahawks have little flexibility in their salary cap.
In fact, in a move mostly designed just to get through the season, the Seahawks last week created about $1.7 million in cover space by turning the rest of goalkeeper Gabe Jackson’s base salary for the rest of this season into a signing bonus, according to OvertheCap.com. Jackson was owed about $3.5 million in base salary for the rest of 2022. Turning that into a bonus allows the Seahawks to publish cap results for the last two seasons of Jackson’s contract — 2022 and 2023 — or about $1.7 million each year.
This increased Seattle’s cover area for the remainder of the 2022 season from about $1.5 million to about $3.2 million.
Seattle was near the bottom of the available cover space but as of Sunday is listed at number 23.
Jackson’s re-contract was not thought to be intended to take any specific step but to provide more room to complete the 2022 season and have the flexibility to cover injured reserves and practice team exercises, among other things.
And this is a season that seemed to be aimed in part at developing the team’s younger players and building a core for the future – this may not be the year the Seahawks want to use important future assets like draft picks or cover space in future seasons for the sake of the present.
In other words, no, I don’t see them chasing Christian McCaffrey and his $19.5 million hat in 2023 and 2024, especially with Kenneth Walker III looking like he could be the Rattlesnake running back the rest of the way.
@carter_pivnick asked: The defense looked better on Sunday: How does that relate to Cody Barton’s hit count, and if so, do you see the Seattle defense playing with that guy and/or going forward?
Barton has already seen his lowest count of the year Sunday – 28 – having played 46 or more in each of the first five games.
And that was mostly because the Seahawks went with triple safety looks more often than not in the scroll down, in Josh Jones for Barton.
According to Pro Football Focus, Jones played 23 shots — 21 in passing coverage — and in all shots, Seattle had her other safety (Quandre Diggs, Ryan Neal) on the field. Jones played only 14 shots against New Orleans.
Of Barton’s shots, 16 came in coverage and 12 in defending running, on a day Arizona had 47 dips and 24 hits.
Overall, when Jones came into the game, he played it safe and Neal moved on to take Barton’s place in the penalty area, playing mainly inside full-back.
This was actually the plan that the Seahawks had on Jamal Adams this year and he walked away from it for a few games after Adams was injured. Now, they’re going back to her with healthy Neil.
Coach Pete Carroll on Monday described Barton’s use of “just how the game plan came to us.”
Given Arizona’s running struggles, there’s probably some truth that the Seahawks wanted to go with more nickels and dimes for the Cardinals’ pass — Arizona had 18 of 22 plays in the fourth quarter, for example, when Seattle seemed to be using more of its nickel combinations. And dime.
So, I’m not sure this is Barton’s indictment that people might realize, although obviously a change was in order after the Lions and Saints games.
I think using the three safety looks has been in the works all along, and something Seattle can now come back with with healthy Neil, liking Jones in the third safety role, probably always depends somewhat on the game plan each week.
But we’ll see what comes every week.
Brianinptown asked: What happens to Jamal Adams at the end of the season?
The hope is for him to recover and return to the starting role – and the championship – in 2023. The question, I suppose, is to indicate if the Seahawks can do anything to get out of Adams’ contract.
The answer, without much complexity, is not really in 2023.
Adams netted $21.3 million with no savings cap if released. He also has an unsecured base salary of $11 million, $2.56 million of which is guaranteed five days after the Super Bowl and is now guaranteed injury. So, in other words, the Seahawks would probably save just $8.44 million in cash, assuming he earned $2.56 million based on the injury.
Given that, and the team’s already massive investment in Adams in terms of draft picks and the $21 million signing bonus that was part of his signed contract in August 2021, all point to Adams returning in 2023.
But then, his contract was structured in such a way that Seattle’s attempt to get out of it would be more realistic, depending on how Adams performed once he returned.