Jamal Adams has quickly emerged as one of the NFL’s best safeties, in his three seasons with the New York Jets. During his time in New York, Adams has played well for the Jets. Adams has earned Pro Bowl honors twice and been named an All-Pro two times as well. The production on the field is evident as well, Adams has racked 273 tackles, 12 sacks, six forced fumbles, two interceptions, and four fumble recoveries over his three-year career. With the Cowboys in need of a safety to shore up the secondary, should Dallas make the move to bring in Adams?
Three months ago, speculation began to arise that Adams wanted a change of scenery away from New York. Recently, everyone thought that Adams wanting a trade had blown over, however on June 18th, Adams once again requested a trade from the Jets. Adding a bit to the fluid situation that is coming from New York, is the fact that the Cowboys did not take a safety during the recent NFL draft. Adams is the best player in the Jets’ secondary, so Dallas knows a trade will not come cheap, particularly where the Cowboys offensive line is concerned.
The Jets need help along their offensive line, so Dallas can expect to have the Jets ask for La’el Collins as part of the trade package to go along with a first round selection and maybe even a third-round pick. Jerry Jones and company will need to consider that the Cowboys’ offensive line took a hit when Travis Frederick retired earlier in the offseason. Fans from time to time disregard the importance of the center position, but the Dallas brass can’t absorb many more hits along the offensive line without putting their high-powered skill positions at risk.
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During the offseason, Dallas has made wise moves in the defensive secondary. The Cowboys added free agent safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to patrol the deep portion of the field. The Cowboys also added Maurice Canady from the Jets, Daryl Worley from the Las Vegas Raiders, and Saivion Smith from the Jacksonville Jaguars. Dallas did good work in the draft as well, drafting cornerbacks Trevon Diggs from Alabama and Reggie Robinson II out of Tulsa. The Cowboys have depth, but the issue is whether Jerry Jones will want to add one more playmaker for the defense.
Dallas has the offensive weapons to make plenty of noise and contend for a playoff spot this season. In the past, the Dallas defense has been more of a bend but don’t break style of defense but that will change this season with Mike Nolan being brought in as defensive coordinator. Nolan likes to throw plenty of different defensive looks at opposing offenses and adding a player like Jamal Adams would give Dallas more flexibility to throw different defensive schemes at opposing quarterbacks. At this point, Dallas is where they were a few months ago; playing a wait and see as to whether the Jets will want to make a trade and, if so, what that might cost the Cowboys.