At the trade deadline, there was no hotter topic than the negotiations between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets for All-Pro Safety Jamal Adams. It was a trade that never materialized as the Jets asking price, which reportedly settled on a first-round pick and two second-round picks, was too rich for the Dallas Cowboys.
On Sunday, Ian Rapoport from NFL Network reported that during negotiations, the New York Jets front office asked the Cowboys for Zack Martin in return for Jamal Adams. When the Cowboys wisely said no, the Jets then inquired about Tyron Smith. Again, that was a hard pass from the Cowboys and a deal never materialized.
"Sources said that when the Dallas Cowboys first called about Adams earlier this week, the Jets asked about the availability of Pro Bowl guard Zack Martin. When the Cowboys quickly shot that down, the Jets inquired about Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith, which was also a 'no.'"
Ian Rapoport - NFL.com
Whatever the price, this new report says a couple of things: either the New York Jets really weren't willing to trade Jamal Adams, or they're attempting to save face with their disgruntled All-Pro player by saying, "at least we think you're worth an All-Pro in return."
The New York Jets made it clear throughout the process that their asking price was going to be insanely high. Initial reports were that the Jets were seeking a "Jalen Ramsey-type" package of picks, which was never a realistic asking price.
Jamal Adams is a great safety, but he's just that, a safety. If you look at the way the NFL value on positions, generally speaking, safeties aren't viewed in the same realm as many of the other positions in the league. The NFL places a premium on quarterback, offensive tackle, wide receiver, pass rusher, and cornerback. Don't believe me, take a look at OverTheCap.com and check out the highest-paid positions in the NFL and those positions are at the top of the list.
Positional value is why the Jets asking for a Ramsey-like haul -- or for the Cowboys a first and two seconds -- was unrealistic, why the Dallas Cowboys, and why the Jets weren't really shopping Adams. Had the Jets actually been looking to deal Adams, their final asking price would have been more of a reflection than that.
Remember that Amari Cooper, after two Pro Bowl seasons and two 1,000 yard seasons in Oakland, only cost the Dallas Cowboys a first-round draft pick. Is Adams, a great player in his own right, worth more than what Amari Cooper was worth at a similar point in their respective careers? It's hard for me to find an argument that says yes.
This information leaking leads me to believe that the Jets are hoping they can save face with Adams and get him back in the locker room long-term. He's an important presence for that team and a leader. He was upset by the idea that the New York Jets were even fielding calls for him at the deadline. It would make sense that the Jets would want it to be known that they thought so highly of Adams that they'd ask for two of the best offensive linemen in the NFL as compensation for the Cowboys to acquire him.
Whatever the Jets rationale for asking for two of the Cowboys' most valued players, it was evident that they weren't parting with Adams for anything less than a lucrative overpay. It doesn't matter now, but it could set the stage for negotiations to resume in the offseason.
Report: Cowboys G Connor Williams to Undergo Arthroscopic Knee Surgery, Expected to Miss a Few Weeks
The Dallas Cowboys received a bit of bad news today. According to ESPN's Todd Archer, Guard Connor Williams will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday.
Connor Williams will have surgery on his knee Tuesday but the hope is he will be able to return after a few weeks. Xavier Su'a-Filo will likely move into the left guard role, which is how the Cowboys handled Williams' absence last year because of a knee... https://t.co/M55eVtYCIJ
Williams suffered the injury in Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. This is a minor procedure but will keep Williams sidelined for a few weeks. Backup Guard Xavier Su'a-Filo is expected to fill in during his absence, just like he did in 2018 when Williams missed time with a knee issue. More to come.
Jason Garrett Reminds Everyone That Kellen Moore Calls the Plays
There's a lot of blame game being played around the Dallas Cowboys right now after a demoralizing home loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Even the head coach seems to be getting in on the act as Jason Garrett went out of character and got unusually specific in explaining Kellen Moore's responsibility for play-calling.
Garrett is not known for calling people out. In fact, many fans have criticized him for not being more critical of his players. He tends to speak in vague, nebulous terms when it comes to discussing the Cowboys' weaknesses or failings after a loss.
But in a radio appearance this morning, Garrett didn't mince words on who was deciding the plays during the Cowboys' final drive.
Jason Garrett on @1053thefan on the two run plays late: "Kellen's calling the game. In that situation it's 2nd and 2. He felt like he had a good opportunity against a favorable box to run the ball in those situations. On each of those plays we had options beyond just the run.
Jason did try to excuse his offensive coordinator's decisions with some context, but he also made sure to clarify who was responsible for those calls. It was not very Garrett-like, and it may speak to his own growing frustration and concern over his future.
Garrett is on the final year of his contract and the Cowboys' front office has made it clear that any extension depends on the results of the 2019 season. With Dallas now dropping to 5-4 and only leading the division by a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Philadelphia Eagles, the future is increasingly unclear.
Jason Garrett famously uses "we" and "us" terms when talking about the negatives, not wanting to assign blame to any particular player or person when things aren't going well. That he strayed from this well-established behavior today may be an anomaly, but it shouldn't be ignored.
With a tough second-half stretch coming in this 2019 schedule, Garrett may be starting to feel like a dead man walking. We'll see in the coming weeks if this leads to anymore shifts in his usual demeanor with the media.
Dallas Cowboys Good, Bad, and Ugly from Week 10 Against Vikings
Well Cowboys Nation, the Dallas Cowboys let yet another winnable game slip to their grasp Sunday night after the devastating 28-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. By my count, that's three out of four games the Cowboys probably should have won this season. But, probably… maybe… and should have don't mean diddly squat in the NFL.
I'm not going to beat around the bush today because I would likely end up going into a long winded rant about what took place last night. So, let's go ahead and jump right into this week's edition of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. As always, please feel free to use the comment section to voice your opinions and thoughts on the subject.
Unlike in weeks past, I had absolutely no problem deciding what to go with this week for this category from the Dallas Cowboys Week 10 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings. I don't think anyone would argue that the good had to be Quarterback Dak Prescott's play and the Cowboys overall passing game. This unit was the sole reason they had a chance to win at the end.
Prescott was simply phenomenal Sunday night. He threw for 397 yards, three touchdowns, and only one interception. He was on point last night and was dropping dimes all over the place. It's one of the reasons why both Amari Cooper (147 yards, 1 TD) and Randall Cobb (106, 1 TD) both went over the 100 yard mark in receiving, and Michael Gallup wasn't too far behind (76 yards, 1 TD). All in all it's an MVP caliber performance from No. 4, but unfortunately it wasn't enough to seal the victory.
I thought and thought about what I wanted to go with in this category and I'll have to admit, I had a hard time deciding. There were individual players who deserved a nomination here, but in the end I think the bad for the Dallas Cowboys was them getting off to yet another slow start against the Minnesota Vikings. Unfortunately, it's been a trend for them this season.
It all started when Jason Garrett decided to send out Kicker Brett Maher to attempt an ill-advised 57 yard field goal. Maher is capable of making such kicks, but there's a time and place to use that kind of weapon. Last night on the opening drive of the game was not one of those times. After the missed FG, the Vikings had excellent field position and scored a quick TD. Not long after they scored another TD to go up 14-0 after another stalled drive by the Cowboys offense. It's a hole they were never quite able to dig themselves out of.
Deciding what to go with here in this category was pretty easy after narrowing down what I wanted to put in the bad category. I think the ugly for the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings was their defensive play. In all honesty, it was absolutely sickening to watch the Vikings have their way with the Cowboys defense. Dallas has far too much talent on that side of the ball to be manhandled like they were.
The tackling was atrocious and so was the execution. I'm pretty sure the game plan was to neutralize Dalvin Cook the way they did Saquon Barkley in Week 9, but the league's leading rusher (Cook) would have none of that. He pretty much did what he wanted. He ran through arm tackles and had room to run, whether it was as a rusher or receiver. It looked a lot like what Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones did to the Cowboys in Week 5. It was completely inexcusable and unacceptable!
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