Seahawks Cut Ties with Jamal Adams, Quandre Diggs, and Will Dissly

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On Tuesday, the Seattle Seahawks terminated the contracts of three-time Pro Bowl safeties Jamal Adams and Quandre Diggs, as well as tight end Will Dissly.

By parting ways with these three starters, the Seahawks stand to conserve approximately $34.5 million in cash and achieve notable salary cap relief.

Jamal Adams, a three-time Pro Bowl honoree, was slated to earn a non-guaranteed salary of $16.5 million in 2024, contributing to a $26.9 million cap hit. 

These figures proved unsustainable for a player who has struggled to maintain his presence on the field or effectively pressure opposing quarterbacks since his impressive debut with the Seattle Seahawks in 2020.

Seahawks Cuts Trio Starters, Save Millions

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 30: Jamal Adams #33 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 30, 2023 in Arlington, Texas.

The Seahawks’ decision to release Adams removes the burden of his $16.5 million salary for 2024, as well as the non-guaranteed $17.5 million he was due to receive in 2025, the final year of his contract.

The Seahawks opted not to use a post-June 1 designation for Adams’ release, resulting in immediate savings of $6.1 million against the 2024 salary cap. 

However, the team will absorb the full impact of his $20.83 million in dead money upfront.

Quandre Diggs’ departure from the Seahawks creates $11 million in salary cap space while generating $10.26 million in dead money. 

Similarly, Will Dissly’s release results in a $7 million cap relief and incurs $3.1 million in dead money.

With three consecutive seasons marred by injuries, coupled with his lack of sacks during this period and the hefty financial commitment, Adams’ tenure in Seattle appeared to be drawing to a close.

Acquired from the New York Jets in 2020 at the cost of two first-round picks—a significant move in the John Schneider/Pete Carroll era—the Seahawks subsequently elevated Adams to the status of the NFL’s highest-paid safety in 2021 with a lucrative four-year, $70 million extension.

At the age of 31, Diggs commenced every one of the 17 games during the 2023 season, amassing a total of 95 tackles and securing one interception. 

Throughout his career spanning 137 games, with 112 starts, encompassing his tenure with the Detroit Lions from 2015 to 2019 and subsequently with the Seahawks, he has accumulated 580 tackles and 24 interceptions. 

Initially drafted by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round of the 2015 draft, Diggs was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in October 2019.

The Seahawks’ decision to release Diggs results in an additional savings of $800,000 for the team.

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