It’s back. The ‘Jamal Adams to Dallas’ trade seemed to be dead, but Adams himself has performed CPR and brought it roaring back to life. Okay, so it’s not like anything has really happened except for Adams asking the New York Jets for a trade.
Adams has asked the Jets for a trade and wants the team to give him permission to shop himself around to other teams, according to multiple reports.
The sixth overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, Adams is heading into the fourth year of his rookie contract, and he has made no secret of the fact that he thinks he’s due a major pay raise. The Jets, however, appear content to make him play out his rookie deal, which would keep him for a cap hit of $7.1 million this year and then $9.9 million on his fifth-year option next year.
Adams has been chosen to the Pro Bowl each of the last two years and is, at age 24, one of the top young defensive players in football. He would certainly return a lot in a trade, but it remains to be seen whether the Jets will go along with Adams’ request.
So we’re not too much further down the road than previously. Just because Adams asks for a trade doesn’t mean one is forthcoming. As was noted the previous times this was discussed, the Cowboys reportedly offered up a first-rounder plus a player, said to be Anthony Brown, but the Jets asked for a lot more. They asked about players like Zack Martin or Tyron Smith in addition to picks; the Cowboys politely declined.
One issue around dealing for Adams is the contract extension he is asking for. He wants to be paid as the top safety around and teams may not be ready to pay that right now. Adams is now saying he would go to a specific list of teams without a contract extension. Wouldn’t you know it, Dallas is reportedly on that list.
According to Watkins, the Jets have not given Adams’ agent permission to speak to other teams about a deal, but a source says there are certain teams Adams would be willing to be traded to where he won’t request a contract extension, at least not right away.
So, if the Cowboys do make another play for Adams, they may not have to work out an immediate extension, and could wait until his rookie deal expires in 2021.
Here is a list of teams from Adam Schefter that Adams prefers.
Here are the seven teams to which Jets’ Pro-Bowl safety Jamal Adams would welcome a trade, per source:— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 18, 2020
Let the speculation begin.