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NFL Reporter on Jamal Adams: “They All Want to Play for the Cowboys”

As Jamal Adams’ trade demand to the New York Jets and expressed desire to join the Dallas Cowboys swirl around sports media, one major NFL reporter observed this morning that Adams’ case isn’t unique. In fact, according to him, the vast majority of players hope to play for the Cowboys.

Albert Breer, senior reporter for Sports Illustrated’s MMQB, used to cover the Cowboys while working for the Dallas Morning News. He tweeted the following this morning:

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If nothing else, this has been plainly evident when it comes to All-Pro safeties. Before Jamal Adams, it was Earl Thomas chasing Jason Garrett down in a corridor a few years ago and leaving little doubt which team he wanted to join if he could get away from Seattle.

But it’s not hard to see why any NFL player, and particularly stars, would want to come to Dallas. The marketing and endorsement opportunities are greater given the team’s high profile and huge national fanbase.

Make no mistake; plenty of Cowboys have made it to a few extra Pro Bowls thanks to wearing The Star (e.g. Flozell Adams).

On top of the perks of playing for America’s Team, the lack of state income taxes in Texas are an additional selling point for multi-millionaire athletes. It comes all the more relevant the higher up the financial food chain you go.

Players like Adams and Thomas have had personal reasons as well, growing up in Texas and as Cowboys fans. But even if you aren’t an in-state product, there’s a solid chance you rooted for Dallas as a kid given that same national following we just discussed.

Honestly, this isn’t breaking news to Cowboys Nation. But it’s nice to see a national media personality admit what we’ve known for a long time; paying for the Dallas Cowboys is a dream on top of a dream for many NFL players.

Hopefully for us and Jamal Adams, his dream will come true in 2020.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!


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  1. Here’s to hoping the Jets pony up and sign or trade him, so we can quit reading about this guy. The ‘Boys will keep their names in the hat as long as he’s available, but he wont’t land here unless the Jets meet our price and not the other way around. There’s nothing left to say about this situation (unless you’re just seeking clicks).

    How about a story about how Nolan intends to use CB’s? What’s his history with the position? Does he typically have a receiver followed by a CB1? Does he never have CB’s flip sides? etc?

  2. No Adams.
    No 20 million dollar strong safety after giving a first and third.
    Only a fool does the Adam’s deal.

  3. Another story about Jamal Adams!! Why am I not surprised!! Forget Jamal Adams…. The jets want way too much for him, he’s not worth giving up all that draft capital and then paying him as the top safety in the league too!! Just drop it…. He’s not coming to the Dallas Cowboys!!
    The jets front office has already said they are not interested in trading him anyways, so there is no reason to keep writing stories about him being traded to the Cowboys!!

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