The last week for the Jets has been a rollercoaster, and Jamal Adams has been a major aspect of the ride. Adams declined to join the team's voluntary virtual offseason program, which is when trade rumors started to swirl around the 24-year-old safety.
Many teams, including the Cowboys, have been interested in the safety's services. Here are the proposals that would make the most sense for the former LSU star's services:
Cowboys Trade First and Third-Round Pick for Jamal Adams
The Jets would get their offensive lineman with pick number 11 (Kiper projects the Jets to take Jedrick Willis Jr. from Alabama in his Mock Draft 4.0), and then have a shot at a defensive back at 17, whether it be C.J. Henderson, the corner from Florida (projected to go 12th), or safeties Xavier McKinney (Alabama) or Grant Delpit (LSU). The Jets would also get pick 82 from the Cowboys (Jets have pick 68 in the third round). The Cowboys would have two incredible safeties with Adams and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, which would put them at one good young corner away from a top tier secondary. The only problem is that the Cowboys are going to have to pay Adams eventually if he is in their long term plans, as is every franchise piece the team owns. The Cowboys had struggled last season with figuring out who to pay, and the same will happen next year, as Adams is up for free agency after the 2020 season, as well as Chidobe Awuzie, Dak Prescott, Sean Lee, and Clinton-Dix. Adams' services may be short-lived in Dallas, which would be the only setback if this trade were to go down.
49ers Trade Pick 13 and Pick 37 for Jamal Adams
The 49ers are in desperate need of a safety, and Adams would be a great piece to have on a Robert Saleh defense that was so good a year ago. Trading pick number 13, which they got from the Colts in a trade involving DeForest Buckner, would give the Jets an even better chance to snag CJ Henderson, and would still solidify them getting an offensive lineman at 11. This trade would also work for the 49ers, as they would get the safety that they need, as well as still having a first-round pick at slot 31. The only problem, once again, is finding a way to extend Adams in the future after the season ends. The 49ers free agents after this season include George Kittle, Richard Sherman, Kyle Juszczyk, and Tevin Coleman, so the 49ers are going to have to make priorities as to who they need to extend, and Adams should he become a 49er, would be at or near the top of that list.