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As many of you know, the New York Jets safety Jamal Adam wants to get traded, and now it's clear that his preferred destination is the Dallas Cowboys.
On Sunday, a fan posted a clip directly asking Adams if he was coming to Dallas.
Surprisingly, the two time Pro Bowl responded to the fans inquiry.
According to ESPN senior insider Adam Schefter, Adams has a preferred list of the seven teams, which includes the Cowboys.
That list includes Ravens, Cowboys, Texas Chiefs, Eagles, Niners and Seahawks.
Now, before I had reported it, I just did not see how Adams could go to any of those teams, just with a simple fact of cat space problems.
Either there in that cap space issue now or will be within the next couple years when Adams's do his money.
Now, it's not surprising Dallas is on the list.
After all the Dallas pursuit items just before the trade line ended last year, the 23 year old also knows that he will be welcomed warmly by the organization.
Apart from this, as born in Texas, just outside Dallas, almost all athletes have an affinity for playing for their hometown, or at least the ones near it.
Reports reveal the Adams wants to be the highest paid safety in the NFL.
After churning monster numbers in the last three years in the league, Jamal has 273 tackles, 12 sacks to interceptions.
Six forced fumbles at the safety position.
To be the highest paid player in his position means that he'll have to earn Mawr than $14.
6 million a year and even though he deserves it, As I said before, the Cowboys cap space is only around 12 million.
And this bill, trying to talk negotiations with contracts of that Prescott, which reportedly he wants closer to $40 million a year, which you're looking at it is 28 million above what they have currently available.
So whether or not Jamal ends up with the Cowboys is still, you know, up in the air and the chances are kind of slim.
But who knows? There's still a possibility.
I mean, there could be renegotiations with some of the contracts that were already done in the past few years.
Uh, who knows? Would DeMarcus Lawrence be willing to take a bit of a pay grade decrease in order to add a player like Adams toe? Help him behind him? I mean, Adams was the most blitzed safety in the NFL last year, which obviously helped with his tackle numbers and his sack numbers and his forced fumbles.
Because a lot of your sacks come from your A lot of your forced fumbles come from your ***.
So I mean, it's possible.
Would Dak be willing to take a pay cut at an extra player? I don't think so.
Reason being he wants to be the highest paid player in the NFL, and he's not willing to take that pay cut just to stay with the team, let alone add to the team.
So I don't see how that Prescott would be willing to take a pay cut to add someone like that.
Would Amari Cooper? I don't know. Zeke.
Who knows what if they have to cut somebody? Maybe Sean Lee is up.
Leaving Jerry Jones might be forced to cut an aging player with a high contract in order to sign Jamal Adams.
So there is a possibility that Adam does go to the Cowboys, and if he does, that could be quite interesting.
In my opinion, I think the Cowboys easily have the best roster overall.
Star power wise, depth wise all across the board in the NFC East.
Yes, definitely over the Redskins over the Giants.
And, of course, yes, even even over the Eagles, right? And I believe that the Cowboys could actually be better off that all those teams could the new head coach there be willing but, uh, really fixed the situation? Would McCarthy, you know, being an offensive mind with all those weapons on offense? Would he be willing to say, You know what? We're gonna be able to score points.
We have the talent.
I mean, we went out and got CD lamb to go with Michael Gallup and Amari Cooper.
You know, obviously we have Zeke Elliot, one of the best offense of lines in football.
Would they be willing to to do a little negotiating on the team in order to get Adam's Adam's there? Just to increase that team even more so because even though they could score points, their front seven on that defense is in Peress.
It they need to help on the secondary.
I mean, they just lost Byron Jones and free agency.
Granted, they did pick up somebody in the draft in order to help out that position.
But, I mean, Jamal Adams is someone special, right? It would definitely help.
I mean, he had, I think, seven or nine past breakup last year, at the safety position at the strong safety position.
Now he's not known for interceptions.
He I think he's had, like, one interception the past two years, Uh, one for each season.
But he still gets past breakup generally against you're running backs in your tied ins who recovers, and I mean in the East.
You got to do that.
I mean, you got a P.
Or Barkley, uh, the Eagles have can't remember his name, but he's a really fast, quick ah, running back that likes to catch the ball out of the backfield for Carson Wentz.
So, yes, Adams would be a great addition to the Dallas Cowboys Whether or not the Cowboys could get him, I just don't know.
I just don't see a lot of your teams that he named off being able to pick him up.
Yes, he wants to go to a team that ask playoff chances because he has none there in the Jets.
None, Not with the way the organization has looked last couple years in the direction that many people believe.
They look like they're heading.
As of right now, Um, as opposed to the Miami of their own division, which looks to be going up, they're trending upward.
It looks like the Jets are kind of trending downward.
So would I mean, most of your playoff teams in the NFL right now are kind of tight on cap space.
You know, Baltimore and and, Ah, the Chiefs, both of those teams.
They gotta pay quarterbacks soon.
They've got that they both of them kind of tight, kind of tight on their cap space now, let alone when their quarterback situation comes up and both of them are going to be looking at least 40 $45 million a year.
So some of the other teams Well, we already talked about the Cowboys, the Texans.
I don't see him going to the Texas at all just because I don't think Bill O Brien knows how to put a team together properly, or at least the way he's been doing.
He would be a good addition to the Texans.
The Texans could use Jamal Adams big time.
I just don't know if Bill O Brien would be willing to go out and grab him.
The Eagles could definitely use in Adams, the Niners again cap space hit.
There's a reason why they don't have the forced Buttner anymore.
They couldn't afford him, and yet they that specifically means they're not going to be able to afford an additional Jamal Adams.
The Seahawks again really tight.
I think they got like $2 million in cap space this year.
Don't know they'll be able to give him.
They'd have to drop some people or re negotiate.
And I don't know if that's something that the Seahawks can do.
So I mean, out of all these teams, the Texans are his best bet, and that's it.
Bill O Brien would be willing to go get him, and he makes all these teams better, except for maybe the Niners.
The only reason the Niners, I don't think he'd make better for the simple fact that there are.
They got a impressive front seven, and they got a pretty decent secondary, and I mean, he'd make him better.
But would he make him that much better? That it be worth spending 15 year on for such a small, incremental increase in that? I just don't know.
I just don't know.
Now dropping Earl Thomas? I don't know.
Wait, Earl Thomas is here. Free, I think.
Is Earl Thomas a free safety or strong safety? Because it Earl Thomas, is a strong safety.
You drop him, but I don't know.
Um let me check real quick.
Yeah, cause oh, my that be worth it.
But I just don't know.
Chuck Clark, is there.
Strong safety Earl Thomas is a free safety man.
I mean, he still be an increase over Chuck Clark, but I think Earl Thomas makes more money.
I don't know if it be worthy of that.
I would I would personally be willing to do that.
And but the problem is, they're they're in such a huge cap hit problem already.
There's players like Jude on where they'd love the keep, but they had the franchise tag in because they couldn't afford to actually drop a true contract on him.
So that's the problem with that situation.
Now, let's go ahead and move on.
Since I just got done talking about Jamal Adams and the NFC East, let's talk about whether or not the Cowboys have a shot at the playoffs this cup coming season, All right, I said, they're the best in the East.
What about the rest of the teams in the in the divisions in the NFC period? Okay, who's gonna take the divisions? Who's going to get wild card spots? Well, I've already talked about the East, and I believe the Cowboys definitely got that without any question.
Let's go to the West, where you have very interesting division with the Seahawks denying us the Rams.
The Cardinals, like the Rams, are kind of, in my opinion, there on the downgrade.
I mean, they just lost girly.
I just I don't think that they have their losing too much right now.
I think they're window is closed behind them.
They had that window to make the Super Bowl, but I think they kind of wasted it.
I still think the Niners win that division, but I think it will be very, very close with the Seahawks and the Cardinals.
My goodness, the Cardinals are on an upgrade as well.
Kyler Murray, moving into a second year, looked really good last season as a rookie.
Now he's got DeAndre Hopkins to go with him, who we wanted. Offense.
It will be interesting with Kenyan Drake and the rest of them.
They might need a little bit of help on defense.
No, I don't think they're well rounded enough to compete with Seattle and San Francisco.
So in that division I've got San Francisco and then the Seahawks, then the Cardinals and then the Rand's.
Yes, I got the Rands bottom feeding in the NFC West.
That's my hot take of this division.
Moving back to the East, as I just got done talking about, I slowly believed the Cowboys had this without any kind of problems.
The Eagles, talent wise with winds as long as he's healthy, should take the second spot should but the Giants have a chance.
I think they did well in the draft.
I think they I think, as long as Daniel Jones could increase himself, get a little bit mawr, uh, reliable.
Handling the football, not fumbling it so much.
I think he had, like, 17 fumbles last year or something like that.
It was out outrageous amount.
They just need to protect him. Veteran.
And they went out and they did a few moves in order to help do that.
Um, obviously sick Juan Barkley.
The defense needs a little bit of help, but they definitely got the third spot in the East, by and for.
And the Washington Redskins Dwayne Haskins is going to have to show something that were.
Smith has to come back from that broken, nasty, broken leg and come back and and like, perform a miracle and play football again, let alone play well, because Alex is a good quarterback.
I don't think Haskins has it in him to continue being a starter in the NFL right now.
I think he still needs a little bit more time to Akwa mate himself, so I got them at the bottom.
Now let's move to the north, where we got Chicago, the Lions, Green Bay and the Vikings.
Oh, this is an interesting division because it's very tough.
It's kind of a really tight division.
It's the heart from Top the bottom.
It is the hardest division to get a hand hold on.
The Bears have a great defense.
Their offense is limited by their quarterback between Travis Key and fools Who wins, who knows? But I still say Green Bank, Even though they didn't address the wide receiver position last year, they still ended up.
They They still ended up winning the division last year.
I think they have the same shot at winning division this year.
They just got to continue on that same path that they had.
I actually have the Lions coming up number two in this division.
That's my hot take for this division.
If he could stay healthy, they went out and they got him some.
They got him some help.
Finally, the Lions have Patricia Stafford.
That's bit Matthew Stafford is easily the most underrated quarterback in the entire NFL.
He's a great quarterback, He's not.
You eat, but he's right at underneath that elite.
In my opinion, it's just he never had help.
Whenever they give him help, they end up leaving and they're not able to keep him.
They never given him offensive line.
When they get him decent receivers, you know they end up retiring early like Calvin Johnson because he was sick of how the Lions were being built.
Uh, Kate was a decent receiver.
The Lions have a shot this year.
They've got a decent set up.
I think they have a chance.
I think they barely edge out the Chicago Bears.
I think the Bears come in third.
Oh, there's a lot of Vikings fans right now that are probably chewing the up left and right, and I'll get to them in a minute.
But the reason I think the Bears come to come in third, flat out, they they have a top five defense in the NFL top five, no questions asked.
And if either Travis Key or fulls whoever starts, whoever wins that starting position, and they could just play good enough to put some points on the board even if they averaged 17 points a game, which is really low in the NFL, if they could average 17 points in the game, they could easily be in 18 18.
Because this defense is good enough to average less than that per game for the season without I have no question now is like, What about the Vikings? Well, cousins, in my opinion, is I don't know.
I can't really say he's overrated anymore because most people think that he, you know, outside of Minnesota, I think that he's, Ah, high in game manager, which is what he is.
But they don't have digs anymore.
Yes, they replaced him with Jefferson in the draft, but Jefferson is one of those receivers where he's good everything but does not excel at anything.
And in today's NFL, you have to excel in something.
To stand out and become a store.
You could have weak points in your game, but if you are really, really good at something, that allows you to stand out and make Splash plays like DeAndre Hopkins, his speed is not very good.
He is not the best deep threat in the NFL, but my goodness, he's one of the best.
At 55th I mean, his catch percentages outstanding.
Just throw him the ball, close your eyes, throw the ball in his general direction, he'll come down with it.
Julio Jones is a monster, but he doesn't have quickness in and out of his brakes.
Not like a lot of your smaller receivers, but he's got the hands and he's got the size and he's got straight line speed.
Talk about Hill and T Y hil Hilton, right? Both those receivers.
Their weakness is their size.
They're small, they're like five Can a buck 80 buck 90? But my goodness, they have great speed, great route running in good hands.
And because of that, they're able to find open spots in a defense to make splash plays.
Now Jefferson, he's just good at everything but does not excel anything.
So I don't know.
He's very much, in my opinion, like another Adam feeling Adam feeling was able to be exceptional because he had digs with him, who could take the top off the defense.
So people had to drop a safety over the top of digs, which allowed one on ones with Jefferson.
You're not gonna have that.
Jefferson does not have that straight line speed like digs does.
He's got good speed, but not great speed.
And let's not even talk about Dalvin Cook, who wants Christian McCaffrey money.
So play this season.
He says he will sit out if he does not get Christian McCaffrey tight money.
Hey, doesn't even deserve Christian McCaffrey.
Can he do some of the similar things? Is correct.
Yes, he could run the football.
He can catch the ball.
The backfield is very similar, but he does.
He he's not used like Christian McCaffrey.
Christian McCaffrey as your average is 450 touches a game.
Christian McCaffrey has stayed healthy his entire NFL career.
None of those things could be said about Dalvin Cook Dalvin.
Cook needs to prove that he deserves it, and he hasn't deserved it.
And the Minnesota Vikings would be laughable, in my opinion if they paid him that money, which means they're not gonna pay him, which means we're going to see ah Melvin Gordon type situation, most likely with the 1st 456 weeks of the year.
He'll probably sit out.
And if he does, that's gonna hurt their run game big time.
Which means the Vikings could actually start out one in five, maybe two and three.
That's gonna put him in a massive hole beginning of the year.
And if he sits out, the entire year That's gonna hurt him.
That's why I had the Minnesota Viking sitting dead last because I honestly expect cook to sit out.
He may not sit out the entire season.
Kind of like the way Gordon did.
You know, realizing, Hey, I really shouldn't sit out an entire season because that's not gonna look good on me when I want to get traded because they're not gonna pay me or when I want, you know, um, signing contract extensions when my rookie contract is up with other teams.
Now let's move on to the South.
So far, I have San Francisco, Dallas and Green Bay winning their divisions.
The South is a tough one.
The Falcons, the Panthers, the Saints, the Bucks.
There are a lot of people out there that think that the Buccaneers are gonna win this division over the Saints.
Do you honestly believe that Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski in the twilight of their careers is going to increase the Buccaneers so much that they're gonna overcome the Saints? So many people think that Drew Brees either isn't going to start or the players ain't gonna play for him because of the statements he made.
You don't understand. This is a workplace.
This is the NFL.
These guys are playing for the money.
They're playing for wins there.
They know Drew Brees is their best shot at winning in this in this division.
They're gonna play hard for him.
Drew Brees will start.
They still will play very tough.
Michael Thomas already came out says, Hey, I forgiven him after he had a sit down talk with the team after his comments about the kneeling.
I expect Drew Brees to play.
I expect this entire team to play hard for him.
With that being said, they're still the best team in this division.
Yes, even over Tom Brady in the Buccaneers.
Tom Brady does not have the offensive coordinator that he had with New England.
Bruce Arians is not Bill Belichick.
Bruce Arians is a down the field type past, Ah, coordinator and coach, which is one of the reasons why Jamis Winston had so many interceptions and so many yards and touchdowns.
Mind you, Tom Brady, right now in his NFL career, is the game managing quarterback on a team that wants to do explosive place and is built to do explosive place.
He doesn't mash the team's personality.
I expect Tom Brady to want to throw the football left in 20 yards.
Yeah, I expect him to throw less than 15 yards on door near every down.
I think he'll be one of the NFL players, quarterbacks that will throw the football 30 or more yards in air yards, the least in the NFL on a team that has God one.
Tom Brady's on is not there to do that.
He's gonna throw a lot of check downs.
He's gonna take Sacks.
He's gonna throw the football away.
He's not gonna take hits.
He doesn't have the offensive line that he had in front of him in New England.
There's a lot of things you gotta put in consideration.
I love Gronkowski.
I do, I think, because he sat out a year, I think growth will come out strong now.
How long he'll look strong is dependent upon whether or not his body will be able to hold on, because, I mean, we all know that you could flip a coin every game and if it comes up heads, he's getting hurt.
But I think he'll come out strong Tom Brady being his age.
He could come out fairly strong as well, but he's got to get his connection with his receivers.
If he could get the connection with his receivers, get them on the same page, then I think he can possibly come out strong.
But at his age, just like Gronkowski, I think he's gonna Wayne in the later part of the season because his arm is not gonna have that strength anymore.
He's not gonna be able to throws.
It's gonna be tired, sore.
I think Tampa Bay is one of those teams.
Honestly, my guy Ray route thinks that the Buccaneers could start off really nasty, like one and four or two and three and then, you know, finish out strong.
I think there's a possibility you could see a bullet where they could start out, forward one and end up losing four out of their last six at the end of this, even just because Gronkowski and Brady they have problems for two different reasons.
Finishing an entire season was the problem in New England's passing game last season.
Was it because of the wide receivers, or was it because of Tom Brady.
I'm gonna put the money on Tom Brady because Tom Brady's done Mawr with less in New England at the wide receiver position in his past.
So I got the Saints number one.
Buccaneers number two.
I love Christian McCaffrey.
As I said, Not think Christian McCaffrey has an outside shot at making the M V P this year because of what he could do with one man show.
But I have no faith in Teddy Bridgewater.
And so that means I put the Atlanta Falcons at number three in this division.
I got the Panthers dead last.
I have no faith in Teddy Bridgewater.
I think he'll be an effective quarterback.
But he's not as good as Cam Newton and Cam Newton was had had problems in the last few years, uh, getting their team past this, you know, upwards around the sinks.
I think the Falcons actually got themselves even better this past off season, so I think that they will hit that number three spot as opposed to the Panthers being sitting there at number three.
I think the Panthers will be at number four, so we have our division winners.
We have Green Bay, we have the Saints, we have the Cowboys and we have the Niners.
What are three wild card teams? Three out of who's left? Who makes it? Well, I'm putting the Seahawks in there just because they always make the playoffs.
I think they're very solid with when you have, ah team like they have.
I think that they're just very, very good up.
You never can count Russell Wilson out.
I think, um, let's see who's next on this list? One ***.
So I got to Mawr after the Seahawks.
I'm going to go ahead and drop the Bucks in.
There is a wild card team, even though I think they'll start to fail near the end.
I think they still win enough in the first half of the season in order to make the wild card, which me leave me with Since I got the lion's being number two and the Eagles being number two, that's gonna be an interesting question.
I would get chewed out if I was said if I was told that the Eagles would get beat out of the playoffs by the Lions queued out, But I've got the lion's is my Cinderella team This year.
I think Matt Stafford ends up just throwing the ball all over the place.
I think Stafford has a great season This year.
I think there will be the Cinderella team of the NFL, and there you have it.
I don't even have the Eagles making the playoffs.
I don't have the Vikings making the playoffs, right? No Rams in the playoffs.
Green Bay Lions.
The Saints, Tampa Bay, Dallas, San Francisco, Seattle Seahawks.
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