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49ers have reportedly had discussions with the Jets for a Jamal Adams trade

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Unfortunately an NFC West rival is also interested in getting the All-Pro.

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One of the best rivalries in the NFL could be heating up prior to the 2020 NFL season. The San Francisco 49ers and their NFC West foes, the Seattle Seahawks, have reportedly talked with the New York Jets about disgruntled safety Jamal Adams, according to SI’s Corbin Smith:

“Per multiple sources, Seattle and San Francisco have both had preliminary discussions with the New York Jets about the availability of disgruntled star safety Jamal Adams, who reportedly has demanded a trade. The former first-round pick hasn’t been pleased with stalled negotiations for a contract extension.”

Adams has two seasons left on his deal, with a cap hit of just over $7 million next season and $9.8 million in 2021. The 24-year-old was named First-Team All-Pro in 2019, finishing with 75 tackles, 13 TFL, 6.5 sacks, seven passes defended, and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown. His versatility as a pass rusher has improved since his rookie year, with his QB hits jumping from two in 2017, to 13 last season. PFF gave Adams an 87.9 grade in 2019, and he was also their second-highest graded defender on third and fourth down last year.

The 49ers and Seahawks played two closely contested games last season, with the Niners taking the NFC West crown after winning their Week 17 matchup in Seattle. Getting Adams would be huge for either team, who is one of the best defensive players in football.

I don’t think Adams would put Seattle ahead of San Francisco from a talent standpoint. The 49ers have the deeper roster and are rightfully being looked at as a Super Bowl Favorite. The Seahawks’ pass rush took a big hit with Jadeveon Clowney not coming back, but they did sure up their secondary by adding Quinton Dunbar. Seattle should challenge for a playoff spot even without Adams, but they would move up the contenders’ ladder if they get him.

The Niners have Jaquiski Tartt as their starting strong safety, but he is due to be a free agent after this season. In order for general manager John Lynch to make this work, the 49ers would have to be really creative with their salary cap maneuvering. With tight end George Kittle still needing an extension, and the team up against the limit, the only way to make this work is to shed some salary.

Javier Vega (@JavierVeg_) added this on Twitter:

Two of the Niners’ brass’s players may consider asking to take a pay cut are Dee Ford and Kwon Alexander. Could we see any other players take a pay cut if these rumors are true?

How much would you be willing to give up for Adams?