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Jamal Adams' career with the New York Jets is finally over after months of trade speculation and rumors, but the New England Patriots will still go up against the All-Pro safety during the 2020 NFL season.

Adams, along with a 2022 fourth-round draft pick, was traded from the Jets to the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday in exchange for safety Bradley McDougald, first and third round picks in 2021, and a 2022 first-rounder. 

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This move is a substantial gamble for the Seahawks given the enormous amount of draft capital sent to the Jets, but with a top three quarterback in Russell Wilson and a quality roster from top to bottom, Seattle's window to win a Super Bowl is right now.

The Patriots will get an early look at the improved Seahawks defense because New England is scheduled to play at Seattle in Week 2 of the regular season. It's a "Sunday Night Football" showdown on NBC. 

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The Seahawks defense was the team's weakness in 2019. This unit allowed the seventh-most total yards and surrendered the most points of any team that made the playoffs. The addition of Adams is a significant upgrade for a Seattle secondary that's seen a lot of turnover since the "Legion of Boom" dominated opposing offenses in the early to mid 2010s. Adams also is one of just two players in league history (J.J. Watt is the other) to tally 200-plus tackles, 10-plus sacks and 25-plus pass breakups in their first three pro seasons.

 

The Patriots' Week 2 matchup with the Seahawks was already going to be a tough one before the Adams trade. Seattle is a legitimate Super Bowl contender and owns a 40-16 record at home since the start of the 2013 season. Now with Adams in the fold, the Seahawks defense should be better in several areas (he's played 300-plus snaps at four different positions) and take some pressure off of Wilson's offense. Seattle had little margin for error in 2019 as 12 of its 16 regular season games were decided by one score. Wilson had to be brilliant and he often rose to the occasion. 

We don't yet know if Cam Newton or Jarrett Stidham will start at quarterback for the Patriots to begin the regular season. Either way, the Pats offense will go up against a Seahawks defense on the road in Week 2 that has been bolstered in a huge way by the acquisition of the league's best safety.