Dallas Cowboys lose out on Jamal Adams but keep first-rounders

Dallas Cowboys fans can take solace in losing out on Jamal Adams due to his massive price tag

The dream of Jamal Adams playing in a Dallas Cowboys‘ uniform is dead. At least for the foreseeable future as on Saturday, a deal (pending physicals) was announced trading the All-Pro safety to the Seattle Seahawks.

According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Seahawks sent their next two first-round picks, a third-rounder in 2021, and safety Bradley McDougald, to the New York Jets. In exchange, the Jets will send Adams and a fourth-round selection in 2022 to Seattle.

Last season, at the trade deadline, the Cowboys were in talks with the Jets about a potential trade for Adams. But those discussions fell through when New York asked for offensive guard Zack Martin or left tackle Tyron Smith as possible compensation. The asking price was simply too high.

And based on the deal they received from Seattle, the Jets got the kind of compensation they desired. If the trade goes through, the Seahawks will have landed themselves a two-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro safety who is still just 24-years old and appears to be on a Hall of Fame path.

Beyond saving the draft picks, the Dallas Cowboys won’t have to pay Jamal Adam’s massive expected salary

But the price tag to acquire Adams, who was the sixth overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft out of LSU, was extremely high. And that doesn’t even account for his expected salary. With still two years left on his current rookie deal, Adams apparently wants to become the highest-paid safety in the NFL a source told ESPN.

According to spotrac.com, the highest-paid safety currently in the league is Eddie Jackson of the Chicago Bears, who earns an average of $14.6 million per season. The top-five highest-paid safeties in the NFL make at least $13.75 million a year or more.

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Although the Dallas Cowboys have lost out on their chance to land Jamal Adams going into the prime of his career, at least they didn’t have to mortgage their future to do so. Instead, the Cowboys will have to find another way to bolster their secondary, with safeties Xavier Woods and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix currently penciled in as potential starters.