Cowboys Trade Rumors: 'There Isn't Any Traction' on Possible Jamal Adams Deal

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 25, 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 sounds as though the Dallas Cowboys aren't in the running to swing a major trade for superstar New York Jets safety Jamal Adams, at least for the time being.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that the Cowboys likely won't even consider it until the team has a long-term extension with quarterback Dak Prescott in place:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

From a Memorial Day edition of NFL Now: There isn't any traction for a #Cowboys trade for Jamal Adams right now, and he may have to wait for an extension from the #Jets like everyone else. https://t.co/3I9bC4udxz

"From my understanding, there's really nothing there from the Cowboys' perspective. First of all, they would need to take care of Dak Prescott first, their franchise quarterback. Not gonna come in and sign another player to a huge deal before Dak, that's not going to happen. If they eventually did an extension for Dak, maybe in July, maybe potentially they could consider something, but I see nothing imminent right now." 

There was major buzz before the 2019 NFL trade deadline that Adams was on the trade block, with the Cowboys coming up as one of the teams reportedly in the running to land him:

Rich Cimini @RichCimini

Three hours to the deadline, and I think pretty much everything is on the table for the #Jets — except Darnold and Q. Williams. No one else is untouchable, including Jamal Adams.

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Add one more team to the mix from today: Ravens were actively going after Jets’ safety Jamal Adams, per source. But Ravens and Jets could not reach an agreement.

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

The #Cowboys engaged in talks with the #Jets on S Jamal Adams and NYJ was only willing to part with Adams for a 1st rounder and two 2nd rounders, per me and @SlaterNFL. That is a LOT and shows Adams’ value.

That didn't come to fruition, however, and Adams wasn't happy to hear his name in trade rumors:

Jamal Adams @Prez

At the end of the week last week, I sat down with the GM and Coach Gase and told them I want to be here in New York. I was told yesterday by my agent that the GM then went behind my back and shopped me around to teams, even after I asked him to keep me here! Crazy business.

Adams' future in New York is uncertain. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on April 17 that the star safety wasn't expected to participate in the team's virtual, voluntary offseason program, though general manager Joe Douglas told reporters on April 20 that there hadn't been trade talks at that time and that the goal was to "keep Jamal here for a long time."

The NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported last week that the team does plan to sign him to a long-term extension, though longtime sportswriter Gary Myers previously reported that the divide between the team and player was growing:

Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo

From NFL Now on @nflnetwork earlier: While it's not happening at Jamal Adams' preferred pace, the #Jets do intend to pay him and don't intend to trade him. https://t.co/41jjiXttZK

Gary Myers @GaryMyersNY

The divide between the Jets and Adams escalated in last few days and this has potential to get ugly. It’s not even about the dollars right now. Jets want to wait at least until regular season to consider new deal. Adams wants it now. Pay me or trade me? Could be getting there. https://t.co/LDmt8VKLUP

So it remains to be seen if Adams will indeed remain in New York for the long haul. He's emerged as one of the best safeties in football, with two Pro Bowl appearances and a first-team All-Pro selection in 2019. Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus ranked him as the 32nd best player in the NFL last season, citing his versatility and unique ability to rush the passer effectively. 

Keeping him, then, makes the most sense for the Jets. It seems likely that he'll get a long-term extension at some point, though it may not come as quickly as he'd prefer. 


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