On Wednesday, Bobby Wagner told reporters about a Jordan Brand trip to Monaco in which he and Adams discussed the potential of playing together someday. A day later, Adams recalled the same conversation in his first presser with Seattle media.
“He’s all about ball, and I respect that so much about him,” Adams said of Wagner. “He’s a hell of a leader.”
Adams wasn’t bashful about taking things a step further.
“Bobby is a hell of a guy. We talked about it a while back saying, ‘What if we played together?’ How I would describe us linking up and me being a part of Seattle is it’s a cheat code,” Adams said. “It’s really a cheat code.”
A cheat code, huh? That sounds like a massive step forward for a defense that ranked 18th in DVOA, 22nd in points allowed and 26th and total yards allowed last season. The only thing that kept Seattle’s defense from being a complete liability was the fact that it ranked third with 32 takeaways.
There is reason to believe that Adams, while maybe not being a literal cheat code that vaults the Seahawks defense to an elite status, can provide a sizeable boost that gets the group into the top half of the league.
The safety is already a bona fide superstar and has made the Pro Bowl in two of his first three seasons while being named All-Pro once. His impact should be felt on all three levels of the defense: His pass rush ability (he had 6.5 sacks in 2019) will buoy the defensive line, he should free up Wagner in the middle of the field given the attention he’ll command and Quandre Diggs should be the benefactor of a few tipped passes as a result of Adam’s play in front of him.
How Adams is used and what the degree of his impact will ultimately be is sure to be one of Seattle’s top storylines when the regular season rolls around.