Fitting in With the ‘Boys
What is an All-Star lineup if they don’t fit together? Having the right fit with the team is the most important part of acquiring a player.
The Dallas Cowboys have two coverage safeties in Xavier Woods and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Woods is the blooming youngster that just finished a good season, while Clinton-Dix is a journeyman veteran that made a Pro Bowl.
The Cowboys have also replaced their defensive coaching staff and plan on making a more aggressive defense. Part of being an aggressive defense is having players attack the running back when he gets the ball.
Between the way that Woods and Clinton-Dix play and the coaching change, Adams fits in perfectly. Adams would be able to attack the line of scrimmage while Woods and Clinton-Dix take turns patrolling the open field.
Adams would fit well on any team because he is that good of a football player. In Dallas, they can maximize his play as a premier run stuffer, which is what was missing last season for the Cowboys.
So, we know that he can fit in the lineup well and fills a need from last season. The new coaching philosophy suits how Adams likes to play, so everything is good right?
The last part of fitting on a team, is when you are dealing with the player’s contract. This is where the Dallas Cowboys will have a problem fitting in Adams.
For the 2020 season, Adams’ cap hit is $7.1 million and would be $9.8 million next year with a fifth-year option. This means the Cowboys would have to clear up $1.5 million this season and look to save some money to pay Adams, Dak, and whoever else next season.
Adams will need a new contract for the 2022 season, and that will be interesting. Considering the highest-paid safety is Eddie Jackson at $14.6 million, Adams can maybe fetch an average of $18 million to $20 million per year as the highest-paid safety entering the 2022 season.