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Trading Jamal Adams is unthinkable to many, but the New York Jets were prepared to take on a valuable haul from the Dallas Cowboys in a potential deal.

The NFL’s trade deadline has spared us, at least temporarily, from rumored trades about New York Jets safety Jamal Adams. On Sunday, however, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network revealed exactly who the Jets were targeting in a deal for the former Pro Bowl MVP.

Rapoport stated the Jets, should they had decided to part ways with Adams, demanded an elite blocker from America’s Team. Their original request was for guard Zack Martin, which Dallas rejected. The Jets then inquired about tackle Tyron Smith, which the Cowboys also turned down.

The pair of linemen, both former first-round picks, have 11 Pro Bowl have nine All-Pro team nominations between them. Martin earned some New York football glory in 2013, when he took home the Pinstripe Bowl’s MVP award with Notre Dame.

The Jets, currently engaged in a matchup with the Miami Dolphins, have been forced to deal with the aftermath of seeking a trade for their star safety. Adams wasn’t pleased with general manager Joe Douglas’ inquiries, upset over the fact he had conversations with Jets brass that supposedly insured his New York future.

Adams stated earlier last week that he had made peace with team Chairman Christopher Johnson, but he “wasn’t ready” to clear the air with Douglas. He did indicate such a future conversation was possible.

New York reportedly indicated that everyone on their roster was up for grabs on their roster, with the exception of quarterback Sam Darnold and rookie defensive lineman Quinnen Williams would be up for discussion. More Sunday reports, these from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, stated that the Jets rejected several offers for the third overall pick in April’s draft.

The team’s lone move prior to last week’s deadline was a trade with the New York Giants that exchanged defensive lineman Leonard Williams for mid-tier draft picks.

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