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NFL Rumors: Adam Schefter gives a more realistic opinion on Jamal Adams-Cowboys rumors

NFL Rumors: Adam Schefter gives a more realistic opinion on Jamal Adams-Cowboys rumors

In a matter of days, the NFL rumor mill saw New York Jets All-Pro safety Jamal Adams request a trade, name ideal destinations, and then proclaim he's trying to become a Cowboy.

It was a big weekend.

And Eagles fans - who know the Birds probably aren't capable of swinging a deal, and then paying, for Adams - weren't exactly thrilled at the prospect of such a talented young defender joining a division rival.

But don't fret over Adams in a Cowboys uniform just yet, says ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter. It's not a foregone conclusion. 

Schefter gave his take on the Cowboys' pursuit of Adams on Monday, dousing the idea with some much-needed cold water:

I'm thinking about all the Cowboys fans who want to see them trade for Jamal Adams. How do you think the Cowboys are gonna pay Jamal Adams, and Dak Prescott, and Ezekiel Elliott, and Amari Cooper? It's not realistic, it's not practical. I know the Cowboys fans want to trade for Jamal Adams, and Jamal Adams wants to go to Dallas, and maybe that will one day happen, but I don't know how realistic that is. So let's look at things in a more realistic way.

Schefter didn't specifically make this a hard report, and more said it as a musing, but he's so plugged in that anything he says publicly about a team's future is worth paying attention to. He doesn't speculate just to speculate.

Plus it's a good point, and one many football fans have seemed ready to ignore over the last few days.

Prescott signed his exclusive franchise tender with Dallas on Monday, which will pay the fifth-year quarterback an eye-popping $31.4 million in 2020, fully guaranteed.

Even if Prescott signs a long-term deal that helps spread out the cap hit over a number of years - there's no sign the two sides are close on a deal, and there's no sign a long-term deal will be any cheaper - it doesn't help that Jerry Jones has handed out enormous sums of money in the last few years, without the kind of cap magic that Howie Roseman often works.

Cap website Spotrac took a look at money tied up in QB1 + WR1 + RB1 players across the league. Can you guess who finished first?

It's not a bad thing to have highly-paid players - that means you have good ones, too - but being atop the heap is almost never a good sign.

The Eagles finish 15th, thanks in large part to Miles Sanders' rookie deal. Even when Sanders gets paid in a couple years, the Eagles will likely be in solid shape. That's what Roseman does.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys are stuck chasing a high-priced player via trade without trimming the fat. The pursuit of Adams is ultimately a lose-lose situation for Dallas, from a personnel standpoint or a financial standpoint, which is music to Eagles fans' ears.

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NFL rumors: Eagles on Jamal Adams' wish list, but would they pull trigger on trade?

NFL rumors: Eagles on Jamal Adams' wish list, but would they pull trigger on trade?

Hours after we learned that All-Pro safety Jamal Adams has requested to be traded by the Jets, the Eagles have made his short list of preferred destinations. 

This from ESPN’s Adam Schefter: 

It’s not really a surprise that the Eagles have made this list. It seems like every time there’s a list for a player, the Eagles are on it. GM Howie Roseman will never turn down a phone call. And all seven of these teams are good; after playing for the Jets for three seasons, Adams wants to play for a winner. 

But the real question is this: Would the Eagles actually pull the trigger on a trade for Adams? 

The short answer is that it’s hard to believe they would. 

That’s certainly no knock on Adams, who is unquestionably one of the best safeties in the NFL. He’s a 24-year-old two-time Pro Bowler and was an All-Pro in 2019 while playing for a 7-9 team. There’s no question that the Eagles would be a better team with Adams, especially after they cut ties with Malcolm Jenkins this offseason and have replaced him with a combination of Jalen Mills, Will Parks and K’Von Wallace. And, sure, Roseman would be able to work out a trade with old buddy Joe Douglas. 

Here comes the but … 

But it seems unlikely the Eagles will pull the trigger on a trade for Adams. 

Adams is in the final year of his rookie contract with the Jets and is also under contract in 2021 on a fifth-year option. But Adams wants to get paid and that means paying him like one of the top safeties in the NFL. So we’re talking about a contract in the range of $15 million per season. 

The Eagles are in a little bit of a precarious situation when it comes to their salary cap. While the Eagles have over $24 million in cap space for 2020, they’re counting on carrying over most of that to the 2021 season, when they’ll need all the extra space they can get. 

And that doesn’t even consider the fact that the Jets need to be compensated for Adams. They’re going to demand a high price and the Eagles understand they need all their draft picks to build their team the right way. When you’re in a tough spot with the cap, the best way out of that is by finding young and inexpensive players in the draft. 

Right now, the Eagles aren’t in win-now mode. They’re in an in-between phase where they want to be competitive but also want to get younger and build for the future. 

Could they build with Adams? Absolutely. He’s still young and already in his prime — kind of Yannick Ngakoue. But the Eagles would have to give up significant compensation — picks and money — to make it happen. Never say never, but this seems unlikely. 

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NFL Draft Rumors: Eagles dangling Andre Dillard, Rasul Douglas to trade up for WR?

NFL Draft Rumors: Eagles dangling Andre Dillard, Rasul Douglas to trade up for WR?

We're hours away from the start of the 2020 NFL Draft, and the Eagles rumor mill is heating up something serious.

The Eagles own the No. 21 pick, and most draft observers expect a run on the elite wide receivers in the draft to begin around the No. 11 pick. If the Eagles want one of CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy, or Henry Ruggs, they'll likely have to trade up.

Two names have suddenly cropped up in potential trade talks: second-year left tackle Andre Dillard, and cornerback Rasul Douglas.

The Dillard intrigue comes courtesy of New York Daily News Jets reporter Manish Mehta, who tweeted this out of the blue on Thursday afternoon:

Dillard's name was also tossed around in trade talks earlier this offseason, before the Eagles made the decision to mutually part ways with Jason Peters this offseason.

For what it's worth, NFL and Eagles insider Adam Caplan shared this tweet after Eagles fans started wondering if Dillard could be part of an Eagles package to move up to No. 11 and grab a wide receiver:

I don't doubt that Dillard is in the Eagles plans, right now. But plans can change. Dillard looked solid, if not spectacular, during his playing time last season, and we've heard rumblings here and there about organizational concerns surrounding the 24-year-old.

Still, trading Dillard one year after making him your first-round pick and right after letting your franchise left tackle hit the market seems a bit odd.

So what about that Rasul Douglas rumor, then?

ESPN's Jets reporter, Rich Cimini, floated an interesting nugget about a different way the Eagles could potentially move up to the No. 11 pick in a deal with New York:

Unconfirmed rumor about the Jets swapping picks with Philly (21) and acquiring CB Rasul Douglas + pick. Douglas is a borderline starter, but he was drafted by Joe Douglas.

Cimini noted that the Jets would likely only look to trade down if all four top-tier offensive tackles are off the board in the first 10 picks. 

From an Eagles standpoint, trading Rasul Douglas and the No. 21 pick for a potential franchise wide receiver is an absolute no-brainer, and frankly feels a little thin. Douglas, 24, has shown flashes of playmaking ability, but he's certainly not a guaranteed starter-level cornerback in the NFL. 

In any case, two separate trade rumors about the Eagles eyeing that No. 11 pick suggest there's something afoot. 

It certainly is interesting that the Eagles and Jets are at the center of spicy trade talks, considering the Super Bowl history Howie Roseman and Jets general manager Joe Douglas have from their time together in Philadelphia. It helps to have friends around the league.

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