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Cardinals Know Seahawks Trade Makes NFC West Even Harder

The news came out Saturday that one of the best safeties in the NFL -- Jamal Adams -- was leaving the AFC to come to the NFC West. The Seahawks pulled off a major deal for the disgruntled Pro Bowler, sending 2021 first- and third-round picks, a 2022 first-round pick and safety Bradley McDougald to the Jets for Adams and a 2021 fourth-rounder.

Adams is a great player. Yes, he is going to be expecting (soon) a giant contract extension, and the draft pick price was steep. But the Seahawks absolutely bolstered their secondary in a major way. (It would also seem to absolutely slam the door on any chance defensive end Jadeveon Clowney would find his way back to the Seahawks, but that seemed to be the case for awhile now.)

The Seahawks were already going to be a good team, as long as Russell Wilson is around. This helps the defense tremendously. And as soon as the news broke, a couple of Cardinals reacted:

Chase Edmonds calling it a "gulag," Kenyan Drake a "gauntlet" (and Drake also tweeting the joke that Adams is following him around, with Drake an Alabama product and Adams from LSU in the SEC, and then Adams going to the AFC East on the Jets when Drake was also there with the Dolphins.)

It was pretty easy to argue the NFC West was already the toughest division in football. The trade just underscores that perspective. And a couple of years after the Cardinals were finished with the Legion of Boom, the Seahawks found a pretty nice replacement piece.