Bobby Wagner knew John Schneider was going to make a splash move.
Maybe not to snare the Jordan brand buddy Wagner has hung out with in Monaco. (Yes, Monaco. More on that in a minute.)
But some kind of big deal.
Wagner's general manager almost always seems to make a splash move for a Seahawks season. Even a season as tricky and unprecedented as this one. All-Pro Jamal Adams to the Seahawks from the New York Jets for two first-round draft picks and veteran starter Bradley McDougald?
Yeah, that's a big splash.
"I know John always likes to make moves, man," Wagner said on an online Zoom call Wednesday, four days after Seattle's GM acquired Adams to be a second All-Pro for the team's defense.
Adams will play a few yards behind the Seahawks' first All-Pro, Wagner.
"I think he always does the best he can to make sure we have a great team and can compete as much as possible to do that. I'm excited about it," Wagner said of Schneider. "I think Jamal is an amazing player. I've watched him from afar. He brings a lot of energy, a lot of passion to the game.
"And I'm excited to have him on our team."
Wagner turned 30 last month. The NFL's best and highest-paid inside linebacker is entering his ninth season in the middle of Seattle's defense, the last four as its captain.
He and the 24-year-old Adams are acquaintances. Michael Jordan's shoe and apparel brand has Wagner and Adams as endorsers. That got the two new Seahawks teammates together for a rather cool trip overseas recently.
"We both have our part of Brand Jordan," Wagner said, "so we got to be down in Monaco one year just talking about the possibility of playing together.
"I've always admired his game from afar, likewise mine. Excited to have him on my team. Excited to get that going.
"As far as helping: obviously, he's another play-maker on the field, another guy you have to respect. So he'll get some attention, too."
Schneider's bold move for Adams got the attention of the entire NFL.
Many within and outside the league are debating the wisdom of trading two first-round picks for a star not at a top-value position such as quarterback, wide receiver or pass rusher but a safety.
But two first-round picks have different value to Schneider and the Seahawks. While making the playoffs in seven of the last eight years and playing in two Super Bowls, Seattle has annually picked in the high-20s of the first round for most of the last decade.
Schneider explained his way of thinking in the trade for Adams, the Jets' sixth overall pick in the 2017 draft, to NBC Sports' Peter King in King's latest podcast this week.
"The way we view it — and I hope this comes across the right way — but historically we've been, you know, been picking in the late 20s," Schneider told King. "And credit to our whole football operations staff and Coach (Pete) Carroll and all his guys, the way they develop people and, obviously, our quarterback and Bobby and K.J. (Wright) and all the veterans that have done such a great job over the years here.
"But when you are picking in the late 20s, it's a different challenge. We just viewed it as an opportunity to say, 'If we were picking number 27 to move up to number (six), what does that look like to us, on draft weekend?' And, quite honestly, we felt like it was appropriate for us, that that would be the right compensation.
"Now that can be debated, right?" Schneider said, with a grin. "It's fun. It's entertainment for everybody. I get it. But when you are in that arena with and you are having those negotiations and you're trying to figure out what your future is going to look like, and what your windows of opportunity look like, we just felt like we should go for it.
"You can't sit here and preach that you're going to be a consistent, championship-caliber football team and NOT be in something like this — and go for it."
So the GM confirms what the Adams trade looked like is what it really is for the Seahawks: them going for it, keeping themselves in contention for another Super Bowl while Wilson remains in his prime at the top of his game and sport at age 31.
Wilson's record $140-million contract Schneider negotiated with agent Mark Rodgers ends after the 2023 season, when Wilson will be 35 years old. So that "window of opportunity" Schneider mentioned? You can see how the Seahawks view it open for perhaps the next three seasons.
Adams is signed for two of them.