Seahawks Release Pro Bowl Safeties Jamal Adams and Quandre Diggs

Jamal Adams with Jets in 2017
Jamal Adams with the Jets in November 2017. Photo by Chris Szagola/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9187412cy)

The Seattle Seahawks are moving on from the Pete Carroll era in more ways than one. The team announced on Tuesday that it is releasing Pro Bowl safeties, Jamal Adams and Quandre Diggs. Tight end Will Dissly has also been cut.

After missing the playoffs last season, the Seahawks moved on from head coach Pete Carroll and brought in ex-Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald as his replacement. It appears that team president John Schneider and the rest of the front office are now set on reshaping the team’s roster as well.

Jamal Adams joined the Seahawks in 2020 in a trade that saw Seattle give up two first-round picks to the New York Jets. Adams had a stellar first season with the franchise, setting the sacks record for defensive back with 9.5 sacks. In the following three years, he struggled with injuries and missed 27 games combined, while his productivity took a significant dip when he was on the field.

By moving on from Adams, the Seahawks will save $7.3 million in cap space, although they will take on a $19.6 million dead money hit. 

The Seahawks acquired Quandre Diggs in a trade with the Detroit Lions in 2019. This trade worked a lot better for Seattle, as Diggs made three straight Pro Bowls between 2020 and 2022 while also remaining productive last season when he had a career-high 95 tackles.

Still, Diggs will have to find a new team because the Seahawks will save $11 million in cap with his release.