Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones provides New York Jets fans incredible hope regarding Jamal Adams’s possible future.
Deep breath. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. Since the trade deadline of 2019, New York Jets fans have had to endure this reminder anytime news surrounding Jamal Adams hits the wire.
Thanks to the New York Jets’ weak and underdeveloped depth chart and Adams’s desire to get paid (deservedly so), rumors about his NFL future happening elsewhere make sense. One such destination has always been Adams’s hometown team, the Dallas Cowboys.
Interestingly, on Tuesday, the favorite “other” destination for Adams suddenly feels squashed.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made it known how unlikely it is that his organization would trade the No. 17 overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft for an “established star.”
“Probably unlikely to make a draft-pick trade for an established star,” Jones told reporters, via Jori Epstein of USA Today. “Highly unlikely.”
Draft-day trades? Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reiterates how important draft picks are for salary cap.
"Probably unlikely to make a draft-pick trade for an established star," Jerry says. "Highly unlikely."
— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) April 21, 2020
Adams, 24, is coming off his best season as a pro, one that fetched him first-team All-Pro honors and second Pro Bowl appearance.
There’s no question the LSU product deserves to get paid. But there’s also no question the odds are stacked against the players in the NFL. Rarely have first-rounders been signed to an extension before their fifth-year team-option, no matter how studly the performance.
Rookie deals in this league post-Sam Bradford have allowed general managers to shift their entire methodology behind team-building: make hay while the value is shining brightly. And for Joe Douglas and the New York Jets, the value is currently incredible pertaining to their best player, Jamal Adams.
Despite the uncertain future, Jets fans can rest easy knowing Jerry Jones is unlikely to acquire Adams for his No. 17 pick and change. Or can they? After all, this is the NFL draft and no smokescreen is too sacred to hold back.