The 49ers, now more than ever before, do not appear to be the biggest fans of the recent Seattle Seahawks trade for Jamal Adams.
Adams had the Niners as one of his teams he would prefer to be traded to before the Seahawks made their move on the star safety.
But, general manager John Lynch indicated that they were never in conversation with the Jets to begin with.
In an interview with KNBR’s Murph &Mac Show, Lynch took a subtle jab at the Seahawks for what they gave up in the deal to land Adams from the Jets.
“With Jamal Adams, you saw all the trade capital that they had to give up, which the Seahawks – good for them – they made that decision,” Lynch said, per NBC Sports Bay Area. “You also got to pay the man. That’s one of the reasons he’s not in New York. Being up there against it (the cap) with what’s happening with the camp due to the pandemic, it just wasn’t a reality for us.”
During the offseason, the NFC West and several of the teams in it made some significant moves to bolster the division.
The Cardinals with the addition of DeAndre Hopkins, and the with the addition of Greg Olsen and now Jamal Adams.
The 49ers are more focused on retaining their own players including George Kittle, but Lynch noted that he takes it as a compliment that the franchise is being mentioned in the rumors.
“Yes, our division is getting better,” Lynch noted. “We understand that. That’s why we’re working so hard to get better. …I love it seems to be that every guy that’s up for a trade that we’re involved. I love that people talk about the Niners. But I try to be truthful. We’re talking about (George) Kittle. We’re trying to save room for him.
It wasn’t just John Lynch who seemed to talk shots at the Seahawks and the Adams trade.
Niners’ WR Deebo Samuels also appeared to troll the Seahawks after the trade was made.
Samuels did not seem all that impressed with Adams heading over to the Seahawks, saying he has “never feared a soul” on the football with this tweet.
The Niners edged out the Seahawks on the final week of the regular season to win the division, and the Seahawks are looking to take the division this year with Adams to help slow down George Kittle on the defensive side of the ball. The Seahawks-49ers rivalry seems to only have gotten stronger since Adams got traded over to the Seahawks.
Obviously, Seattle and San Francisco will enter the upcoming season as the two NFC West favorites this year while Los Angeles and Arizona are looking much more improved with their additions as well.
Look for the first match-up between the two giants in the NFC West to be a heated one at that.