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Cowboys final offer for Jamal Adams included “backup level” player... who do you think it was?

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Who might Dallas have been shopping?

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The Dallas Cowboys did not acquire Jamal Adams before Tuesday’s trade deadline. We know that they tried their hardest to get it done. Reports noted that the New York Jets wanted a first- and two second-round picks for the talented safety, but apparently the Cowboys were only willing to part with a first-rounder and a day three pick. That’s an extremely fair offer that might get it done in the offseason if Adams and the Jets have a nasty divorce (they look to be headed down that path).

There are some wondering why the Cowboys didn’t offer more to get Adams, though. Maybe you’re among them. It’s possible, although most would disagree, that you feel the Cowboys should have upped the ante. Well what if they did? Potentially?

NFL insider Albert Breer reported something interesting on Wednesday, something that could have changed teams for multiple players. According to Breer, the final offer that Dallas made included a “backup level” player.

I’m told the Cowboys’ final offer was a first-rounder and a backup-level player. And that was not the best offer the Jets got. At the wire, three teams were involved: Dallas, Baltimore (which was serious about acquiring Adams) and a third team that made that blockbuster bid to get Adams.

Who could this mystery player have been? NFL Network’s Bobby Belt speculated that it might have been a guard given the injury to Kelechi Osemele, could the Cowboys have dangled Xavier Su’a-Filo? Assuming Connor McGovern does indeed return at some point the team has some legitimate depth there.

Had this been about a month ago many would have likely thought Taco Charlton could have been attached to the trade offer; however, he’s gone so it obviously wasn’t him. What if it was a different 2017 draft pick from the University of Michigan, though? We know that the Cowboys have floated Jourdan Lewis before, could they have possibly done it again even with Chidobe Awuzie struggling and Anthony Brown having dealt with injury lately?

Who do you think the backup level player was?