Seahawks Release Jamal Adams, Quandre Diggs & Will Dissly

Adams, also a trade acquisition, joined the Seahawks in 2020 and earned Pro-Bowl and second-team All-Pro honors that year after setting a record for defensive backs with 9.5 sacks, but injuries have limited his impact since that year, with Adams appearing in just 22 games over the past three seasons, including 10 the past two years after tearing his quadriceps tendon in the 2022 season opener.

The Seahawks do still have Julian Love at safety, having signed him to a multi-year deal last offseason, and Love is coming off a Pro-Bowl campaign in 2023, but they will now have a new starter at the other safety spot.

Dissly, a 2018 fourth-round pick out of the University of Washington, fought through significant injuries in his first two seasons, tearing his patellar tendon as a rookie and his Achilles in his second season, to become a mainstay in Seattle’s offense. After playing only 10 games those first two seasons, Dissly appeared in at least 15 games each of the past four seasons, starting 55 of 62 games from 2020-2023. Over his six seasons with the Seahawks, Dissly recorded 127 catches for 1,421 yards and 13 touchdowns, while also playing a big role in the running game.

By releasing Dissly, the Seahawks could have an entirely new tight end group in 2024, as Noah Fant and Colby Parkinson are both set to become free agents next week if they aren’t re-signed before the start of the league year.

The timing of these decisions lines up with what general manager and president of football operations John Schneider described last week at the NFL Scouting Combine, which was that this would be the week the team would start making roster decisions now that a new coaching staff, led by Mike Macdonald, is finally in place.

“We literally are just getting done hiring guys, so you think about all of us sitting in a room together, we are all like getting to know each other, ‘What’s important to you, what’s important to all these different people?'” Schneider said last week. “So Mike and I, when we got together, we had a vision for where we want to take this thing, but you’ve got to get into the specifics of the positions, too, and understand what is important to those guys in order to get the buy-in from the staff.”

Asked specifically about making salary-cap related moves, Schneider acknowledged that could still be coming, and on Tuesday that was indeed the case.

“You’re constantly evaluating that,” Schneider said. “That’s one of those things we’ll find out, ‘OK if we are interested in such-and-such a player, how are we going to create space to acquire that player? If we are trading with another team for a player, how are we are going to create the space?’ Right now, at this time of the year, it’s like huge chess pieces we’re trying to work through. I don’t have specifics for you guys, but I know that we are getting there.”

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