Rumors heated up in recent days regarding the Dallas Cowboys potentially making a move for All-Pro safety and Dallas-Fort Worth native Jamal Adams. The latest rumors stem from Adams wanting a contract extension and the Jets’ unwillingness to pay their 2017 first-round selection with two years still remaining on his rookie deal.
While initial reports suggested late last week that the Cowboys were in play for the former Hebron High School and LSU Tigers star defensive back, it was later said that Dallas had yet to make a call to the Jets regarding the All-Pro.
The assumption was that the Cowboys — who were very interested in making a deal for Adams leading up to last year’s trade deadline — would gauge the price this time around, but the latest round of reports indicate that Dallas does not have their eyes on making a blockbuster deal.
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. pic.twitter.com/3I9bC4udxz— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 25, 2020
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said on Monday that the New York Jets “would like” to reach a long-term deal with their star defender, but that the team wants to make sure that the season — and everything else involving the NFL — goes to plan before inking players to extensions.
Rapoport also reported that “it is not really an impasse”, while also noting that “there’s really nothing there” from the Cowboys’ perspective.
“It’s not really an impasse, they just haven’t really gotten anywhere yet. And then all of the Cowboys reporters and all of the Cowboys fans are wondering if he’s going to go to Dallas. From my understanding, there’s really nothing there, from the Cowboys perspective.”
The Dak Prescott contract talks have been debated, analyzed, and scrutinized all offseason long, and Rapoport said that the Cowboys would not go out and sign another player before taking care of their franchise signal caller.
“First of all, they would need to take care of Dak Prescott first — their franchise quarterback. They’re not going to come in and sign another player to a huge deal before Dak Prescott; that’s not going to happen.
If they eventually did an extension for Dak — maybe in July — potentially they could consider something. But, I see nothing imminent right now.”
It is well-known that the Cowboys do not have much of an interest in using premium resources for the safety position, but the feeling was that Jamal Adams would be the exception to that rule. Adams is a unique talent that has blossomed into one of the better defenders in the league and is praised for his leadership and ability to galvanize a team.
Dallas did go out and sign Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in free agency to a one-year deal, and many around the organization are confident in what Xavier Woods brings to the table.
Adams is very familiar to the Dallas area, and it has been said that the current Jets defensive back prefers to be back home with the Cowboys. For now, though, it appears that there is not a deal on the table, nor real interest, to bring Jamal Adams back to the Lone Star State.