The Dallas Cowboys very nearly landed themselves a Pro Bowl safety before the NFL trade deadline, with the team offering a first-round pick for Jamal Adams.
The Dallas Cowboys made the final moments before the NFL trade deadline exciting this year. With just hours before the 3:00 p.m. (CT) league-mandated deadline, the Cowboys were reportedly in trade talks with the New York Jets for All-Pro safety Jamal Adams.
The sixth overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft out of LSU, Adams is viewed as one of the top players at his position despite having only played two and a half seasons in the league. Adams received his first Pro Bowl nod last year after recording 115 combined tackles, 3.5 sacks, 12 pass defends, and an interception.
According to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, a source has revealed that the Cowboys actually offered a first-round selection to the Jets for Adams. And that Dallas was even willing to swap picks in other rounds to get the deal done right up to the final moments before the deadline passed.
The Cowboys traded their 2019 first-round selection to the Oakland Raiders last season for Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper. And that move saved their season. Clearly, Dallas was hoping to duplicate that success with a possible trade for Adams.
Ultimately a trade agreement could not be reached between the two teams. And according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the Baltimore Ravens were also in talks with the Jets about acquiring Adams’ services.
In the end, the Dallas Cowboys will move forward with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods as the team’s starting safeties. Veteran Darian Thompson and sixth-round rookie Donovan Wilson will continue to provide depth at the position.
But the thought that the Cowboys’ defense could be entering the second half of their season with Jamal Adams in their secondary will haunt fans for the rest of this year … and beyond.