Jamal Adams and the Jets are at a stalemate, meaning a Dallas Cowboys trade is back on the table.
The story that refuses to die is finding a way to surface again. In 2019, the Dallas Cowboys tried to make a deal for Jamal Adams, the Pro Bowl safety for the New York Jets. With the asking price too steep, Dallas wound up walking away from the table.
Since then, they’ve made some changes to their secondary as Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was signed to play safety and there’s talk that Chidobe Awuzie could slide over from cornerback after the team added Trevon Diggs and Reggie Robinson in the draft as well as Daryl Worley and Maurice Canady in free agency.
But could there be even more room in the secondary to add Adams if he were to become available again? That’s a question we might know the answer to soon as rumors of Adams being back on the block surfaced on Thursday.
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New York football writer Gary Myers recently spoke on the situation between the Jets and Adams, saying there’s some “friction” caused by a current contract dispute. Adams wants to be paid now and the team wants to wait, which has led to speculation of a possible trade.
“Stalemate has caused friction & sources said trade very possible. It’s expected half the teams will call Jets.” — Myers
Myers’ claim that half the league will call the Jets makes sense. Adams is a game-changer on defense and still isn’t even in the prime of his career. And according to one Dallas insider, the Cowboys would be one of those teams wanting to see what the asking price is.
Dallas Cowboys in on Jamal Adams for a long time
Mike Fisher of SI.com said the Cowboys have been “in” on Adams since October of 2019.
“The words “Dallas Cowboys” are also mentioned – and we’ll trust our judgment there, because the Cowboys have been “in” on this concept since October 2019, when they did indeed attempt to trade for the DFW native.” — Fisher, SI.com
Fisher says Dallas offered a first-round pick as well as nickel cornerback Anthony Brown last season but the Jets were asking for more. With the recent reports of a stalemate, there’s a chance New York could be willing to bend on their previous demands.
Of course in Dallas, they too are in a stalemate of their own which could complicate a move for Adams. Right now, they’re trying to figure out a long-term contract with quarterback Dak Prescott. Currently, he’s been slapped with the franchise tag and Dallas needs to get that sorted out in order to make room in their cap.
They also have to decide whether or not they would be willing to part with that first-round pick. This season, they held onto what became the No. 17 overall selection. With that pick, they landed CeeDee Lamb from Oklahoma. Imagine the frustration had they seen Lamb available with that pick while they were sitting out the first round for the second season in a row.