Philadelphia Eagles: Jamal Adams could shift NFC East’s power structure
Jamal Adams would shift the NFC East’s balance of power if the Philadelphia Eagles can get a deal done.
You’re never supposed to count wins and losses in your head until they happen, but let’s be honest. Hasn’t everyone already determined that the NFC East will again come down to the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles in 2020? As if that isn’t a large-enough talking point for some of you, throw this into the discussion. Those Jamal Adams rumors are picking up steam again.
Last season, there was some discussion that the New York Jets may have been shopping him around without him knowing. Both Philly and Dallas were interested, but they backed away from the negotiating table. Fast forward, and there are discussions about whether or not New York and Adams have reached a crossroads in their attempts to hammer out a new extension.
It seems strange seeing as how Adams still has two years left on his rookie deal, but a quick look around news circuits shows there’s a stalemate. Don’t be surprised if his name is linked to rumors involving the Eagles and Cowboys at some point. That’s a given. He’s definitely someone Eagles fans would steal from the Jets’ roster if they were able to.
Jamal Adams to the Philadelphia Eagles? Could it happen?
Both are constantly building their rosters to beat one another. Think about it. Ezekiel Elliott has often had his way with the Eagles defense. Is it a coincidence that Philly signed two dominant defensive tackles (Malik Jackson and Javon Hargrave) in back-to-back offseasons?
Coincidence? It doesn’t feel like one does it?
How about this? A Cowboys team that’s struggling with a contract negotiation themselves, one involving their signal-caller Dak Prescott spared no expense in extending the aforementioned Elliott. Then, they were loose with the spending money again when they gave Amari Cooper a five-year extension worth $100 million.
That’s not all. $60 million of that deal is guaranteed, and $40 million was his when he signed. There’s also a $20 million injury designation that becomes fully guaranteed in 2022. It would seem with a Cowboys franchise with two refined skill players and another budding star in the making at wideout, Michael Gallup, would have addressed some other need with their first-round draft selection right?
With the 17th-overall selection in 2020’s NFL Draft, what did they do? They went with another wide receiver, CeeDee Lamb. Is it ridiculous to believe that was a decision based partially on the fact that they were a little concerned that Philly might wind up with him?
None of that means that Adams will wind up in Dallas or Philly. obviously. A young man that doesn’t even turn 25 until October that has already made two Pro Bowl rosters isn’t going to be dealt by Joe Douglas unless he gets substantial compensation.
Still, even with that being said, it’s important to know this. If Dallas winds up with Adams and Philly doesn’t, the “Birds” have a problem. The same can be said for the Cowboys if Philadelphia lands Adams on their roster. This is a guy that can shift the NFC East’s balance of power for years to come. Does either of these contenders have a shot at making a deal happen? Time will soon tell.