At the Jets asking price, the Cowboys shouldn’t have dealt for Jamal Adams
Believe or not, the Dallas Cowboys dodged a bullet by not trading for new Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams.
When the former Jet Adams made his trade request public, both the Cowboys and Seahawks were amongst the list of teams the All-Pro preferred to go to. In the end, Seattle eventually pulled the trigger by offloading multiple first-round picks, a third-rounder and starting safety Bradley McDougald.
The two parties were linked to each other being that Dallas is always in the market for adding star power. With Adams on the block, Dallas would’ve been getting one of the best safeties in the league. Luckily for owner/general manager Jerry Jones, he did not have to sacrifice his short and long-term future.
Adding Jamal Adams would’ve mortgaged the future in Dallas
In the short-term, Adams was signed on for at least the next two years. With stars like Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott and DeMarcus Lawrence already having their big extensions signed, Dallas would have been lacking in cap space. Also, consider that quarterback Dak Prescott still does not have his new deal.
There were too many factors financially working against the Cowboys to make the move. Adams would have commanded top dollar at his position, which puts extensions for Prescott and other rising stars in jeopardy for the foreseeable future.
In addition, moving multiple first-round picks would have been dangerous as well. Dallas did something similar when it moved a first to bring in Cooper from the Raiders, but being able to keep him justified the move.
Bringing in Adams definitely would’ve been an upgrade, but at what cost? Trading a first for a top-flight talent is reasonable, but trading multiple firsts, a mid-round pick and a starting caliber safety was questionable by Seattle. Had Dallas done the move, it could have not recovered financially or in draft capital for the near future.