Cowboys Rumors: Conflicting Reports Surround Interest in Jamal Adams

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMay 22, 2020

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2020, file photo, AFC safety Jamal Adams of the New York Jets walks off the field at halftime during the NFL Pro Bowl football game in Orlando, Fla. Joe Douglas' feelings about Jamal Adams remain unchanged. Just like the New York Jets general manager's game plan when it comes to the star safety's contract situation. “Jamal’s an unbelievable young player, and our plan is to keep Jamal here a long time,” Douglas said in a pre-draft conference call with reporters Monday, April 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)
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It's not often a player of Jamal Adams' quality becomes available in the middle of his prime, and the Dallas Cowboys reportedly are interested in trading for him.

NFL writer Gary Myers reported the NFC East team is "seriously in play" after it learned the New York Jets may be willing to deal the safety. This comes after RJ Choppy of 105.3 The Fan noted former Cowboys wide receiver and current NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin said the Jets would like first- and third-round picks for Adams.

However, NFL Network's Jane Slater reported the Cowboys are still not involved in Adams talks.

Myers pointed out Dallas, which is $5.6 million under the salary cap, would need to create room to sign Adams and could do so by reaching a long-term deal with quarterback Dak Prescott so he is not making $31.4 million on a franchise tag.

Adams is scheduled to hit free agency following the 2021 season after the Jets exercised the $9.86 million fifth-year option on his deal.

The LSU product would be a welcome addition to almost any defense seeing as how he is only 24 years old and coming off two straight Pro Bowl selections and an All-Pro nod. He had 115 tackles, 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, an interception and a fumble recovery in 2018 and followed with 75 tackles, 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception in 2019.

He is the type of safety who can blitz the quarterback, make plays against the run and break up passes downfield with a combination of power and speed.

Adams' long-term future with the Jets is very much in doubt at this point, and Rich Cimini of ESPN reported on Thursday the two sides "have reached an impasse in contract talks."

His name is now being included in trade discussions, and the Cowboys may jump at the chance to add someone like him to a defense that was a solid 11th in the league in points allowed last year but failed to get the team into the playoffs with an 8-8 record.

Still, the Cowboys are built to win now with Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper, and bolstering the defense with Adams would make them all the more formidable in the NFC East.