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John Schneider: Jamal Adams “a very important part of our future”

Mike Florio and Chris Simms pick the draft war rooms they most want to be in this year, including the 49ers, Dolphins and Jaguars.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and General Manager John Schneider’s pre-draft press conference on Wednesday opened with cardboard cutouts of the two men in front of microphones.

After Carroll and Schneider materialized, Schneider joked that it was a preview of what their draft room would look like during the first round on Thursday night. The Seahawks don’t have a first-round pick as a result of last year’s trade for safety Jamal Adams, who Carroll called their first-round pick and a “heck of a pick” at that.

Schneider shared Carroll’s view and the time off during the first round could give the team some time to work on a new contract for Adams.
“We’re going to be celebrating Jamal tomorrow evening for sure,” Schneider said. “We want him to be here long term for sure. He’s a great player, really glad we made the trade to get him, and he’s going to be a very important part of our future.”

Adams is set to play out the fifth-year option on his rookie deal this season. Schneider said there has not been any discussion about Adams holding out absent an extension at this point.