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Seahawks GM uses faulty logic in defending Jamal Adams trade package

Seahawks GM uses faulty logic in defending Jamal Adams trade package

There's no question that the Seahawks landed a premium player in trading for Jamal Adams, but they certainly paid a high price to do so.

To acquire the All-Pro safety, Seattle sent its first-round picks in the next two NFL drafts, a 2021 third-round pick and Bradley McDougald -- a pretty good safety in his own right -- to the New York Jets. The Seahawks also received the Jets' 2022 fourth-round pick in the deal.

There hasn't been a great track record for teams giving up that much in a trade for a player who, albeit is a star, will still need to be paid a record-setting contract extension. Just look at the position the Los Angeles Rams find themselves in after coughing up a similar package to land cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

Consequently, the general consensus is that the Seahawks gave up too much in the trade, particularly due to the fact that safety isn't considered a premium salary position like quarterbacks, left tackles and pass rushers are. ESPN's Bill Barnwell explored that theory in detail, and didn't come away with a considerably different conclusion.

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The Seahawks, as you might expect, feel differently. Seattle general manager John Schneider recently joined NBC Sports' Peter King Podcast and defended the transaction -- specifically including a second first-round pick in the package.

"The way we view it is -- and I hope this comes across the right way -- but historically we've been picking in the late 20s," Schneider told King. " ... When you're picking in the late 20s, it's a different challenge. And we just viewed it as an opportunity to say if we were picking at 27 and to move up to No. 26, what does that look like to us on draft weekend? And quite honestly we felt it was appropriate for us that that would be the right compensation.

"Now that can be debated, right? It's fun, it's entertainment for everybody, I get it. But when you're in that arena with somebody and you're having those negotiations and you're trying to figure out what your future is gonna look like -- and what your windows of opportunity look like -- we just felt like we should go for it. And you can't sit here and preach that you're going to be a consistent championship-caliber football team and not be in something like this and go for it."

On one hand, you can't fault Schneider's logic. The Seahawks definitely must be considered an NFC contender now, and unlike the Rams, they have a quarterback in Russell Wilson capable of leading them to the Super Bowl.

On the other, he uses some very curious reasoning.

To say that the price of moving up to the 26th pick from 27 justifies including a second first-round pick in the trade package is just plain wrong.

In April's 2020 draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sent the 49ers a 2020 fourth-round selection (No. 117 overall) along with their own No. 14 pick in exchange for San Francisco's No. 13 pick and a 2020 seventh-round selection. So, essentially, the Bucs traded a fourth for a seventh to move up one spot in the first round -- and that was in the top half of the round.

The later in the draft, the less a team generally has to offer in trading up for a pick. So to move up to 26 from 27, in theory, would cost the Seahawks less than it cost Tampa Bay to move up from 14 to 13.

Certainly not a first-round pick.

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In fact, according to the often-referenced Draft Pick Trade Value Chart, the difference in value between the 26th pick (700) and the 27th pick (680) is the equivalent of the value of the No. 178 overall pick, which falls roughly midway through the sixth round.

So, while it remains to be seen if the Seahawks will regret their decision to give up what they did for Adams, it certainly seems like they will if that was their prevailing logic.

49ers' Nick Bosa says benefits of healthy offseason will show on field

49ers' Nick Bosa says benefits of healthy offseason will show on field

Nick Bosa was voted the best rookie in the NFL last season.

The 49ers’ defensive end is approaching the 2020 season with even-bigger expectations for himself.

“I’ve got some pretty concrete things that I’ve been focusing on,” said Bosa, the consensus NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and chosen as the overall Rookie of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America.

Bosa registered nine sacks during the regular season with a total of 80 quarterback pressures, according to Pro Football Focus. He added four more sacks in three postseason games.

Bosa came to the NFL with a reputation as an advanced technician. This season, he believes he will be better prepared mentally to become more of a down-to-down force.

”Last year, I didn’t really know what was going to work and what wasn’t and what was my go-to,” he said. “So just coming into games with a better plan of not wasting any time out there because you only get so many opportunities and you want to get those big numbers and help your team as best as you can and get the ball out. You have to come in with a plan and not waste any rushes.”

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Bosa said he has spent the past six months working on a couple of new pass-rush moves. Even before the draft last year, Bosa spoke about a cross-chop move that Aaron Donald has perfected on his way to becoming arguably the league’s best defensive player. Bosa has also been considering adding a spin move to his arsenal.

Bosa said he also has worked on making better use of his hands to ward off pass-blockers and get to the quarterback more effectively.

“I win a lot at the top of my rush, but a lot of the times I get washed by the quarterback or I don’t pose enough space and finish the plays, so that’s probably been the biggest emphasis for me,” he said. “And I’ve been working that in walk-throughs and drills all (off)-season.”

Bosa faced a number of obstacles as he prepared for his rookie season a year ago. He underwent core-muscle surgery that ended his final season at Ohio State after three games. Bosa spent months rehabbing and traveling the country to meet with teams during the pre-draft process.

After the 49ers selected Bosa with the No. 2 overall draft pick, a hamstring strain during the offseason program sidelined him until training camp. Then, early in camp he sustained a high-ankle sprain that kept him out until Week 1 of the regular season.

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While the 49ers and the rest of the NFL canceled on-field work this spring, Bosa trained daily with his brother, Joey, and he believes he enters his second season much better prepared than a year ago.

“I think I’ve gotten all of the benefits and I’m feeling it out here in these workouts, in these runs we’re doing,” he said. “I feel like I’m, by far, in the best shape that I’ve ever been. I don’t look much different because we don’t train to body-build. We train to play football, and I think it’ll show.”

49ers' Nick Bosa 'not going to blame ref' for big Super Bowl no-call

49ers' Nick Bosa 'not going to blame ref' for big Super Bowl no-call

Third-and-15.

Three words that will forever be linked to the 49ers’ inability to close the door on the Kansas City Chiefs in the middle of the fourth quarter of their Super Bowl LIV loss at Hard Rock Stadium.

Third-and-15 conjures up a bunch of “what-if” scenarios. The 49ers led by 10 points. They'd lose the game by 11. That play on third-and-15 gave the Chiefs a chance.

It took a while for Tyreek Hill’s downfield route to develop. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes needed time in order for Hill to fool 49ers cornerback Emmanuel Moseley into believing his destination was the deep middle of the field. Mahomes had just enough time to allow Hill time to break his route back outside.

What happened at the beginning of the play made the 44-yard pass completion possible. Rookie defensive end Nick Bosa appeared to beat Kansas City left tackle Eric Fisher with an inside move. But Fisher steered Bosa clear of Mahomes with his right arm wrapped around Bosa’s right ribcage.

Months later, does Bosa believe he was held on the play?

“I’ve gotten that question a bunch,” he said with a laugh during a video call with Bay Area reporters.

“I don’t like thinking about that game very much, but I have gone back and watched up until the fourth quarter and, um, was I held? I mean, it comes down to the opinion of a human being. So that’s what refs are. They’re human beings. So if they think it’s holding, they think it’s holding. It could’ve been holding. It could’ve not been holding. It just depends on what he thinks.”

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Referee Bill Vinovich did not reach for his flag, and the play stood.

Bosa did not have a chance after Fisher got his arm around him. Meanwhile, defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, who lined up inside of Bosa, was a split-second late in getting to Mahomes.

“I’m not going to say that’s the reason we lost the game because there were plenty of opportunities where I could’ve done better,” Bosa said of the no-call. “I could’ve done better on that move on third and 15. I’m sure Buck is kicking himself. He thinks he could’ve done better on the wrap and gotten there a little quicker. I’m not going to blame the ref, by any means.”

Buckner is now with the Indianapolis Colts after the 49ers traded him for a first-round draft pick that was used to select his replacement, Javon Kinlaw. Buckner is the only defensive starter who does not return for the 49ers this season.

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All the holdovers will use third-and-15 as “good motivation,” said Bosa. After all, his rookie season fell just short of the ultimate prize.

“First year, you get there and you’re seven minutes away and a nightmare of a situation happens,” Bosa said. “So you could bet we’re going to come back pretty strong this year if we’re able to get 16 games in and the playoffs.”