1 free-agent move from NFC West Division rivals that should terrify Rams fans

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Seahawks sign a safety who can cover

The Seattle Seahawks traded plenty of assets to acquire safety Jamal Adams from the New York Jets in 2020. But as effective as Adams proved to be as an unexpected pass rusher, he was a liability for the Seahawks in pass coverage. The Seahawks have remedied their secondary with the signing of former Jacksonville Jaguars safety Rayshawn Jenkins, a defensive back who can actually cover receivers.

In 2020, Adams put up 9.5 quarterback sacks, a huge number for a defensive back. But in that same season, he allowed nearly 80 percent of the passes thrown at his receiver to find their mark. That is an alarming trade-off and one that the Seahawks deeply regretted. The team reeled in Adams over the next three seasons but discovered that without his pass rush, he was simply a middle-of-the-road defensive back in terms of coverage.

They have moved on from Adams now, in favor of the better pass defender in Rayshawn Jenkins. Jenkins stands 6-foot-1, weighs a solid 200 pounds, and averages 1.5 interceptions per year over his seven seasons in the NFL. Not only that, but Jenkins has chalked up 217 tackles and broken up 21 passes in this most recent two seasons.

The trademark of the Seattle Seahawks defense has always been its secondary, an aspect that the team has gotten away from in recent year. Adding Jenkins is a step toward restoring some respect in their defensive backfield, and something that the Rams will need to be fully aware.