Report: Cowboys remain interested in Earl Thomas

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It was presumed when the Seahawks didn’t trade safety Earl Thomas after the first two days of the draft that he would remain in Seattle next season. But not so fast. . . .

The Cowboys still have interest in a trade for Thomas, David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reports. That makes sense considering the only veteran free safety on the Cowboys’ roster is Xavier Woods, who started three games at nickel corner and one at strong safety as a rookie.

Dallas moved last season’s starting free safety, Byron Jones, to cornerback.

The Cowboys wanted to draft a free safety but used none of their 10 picks on one. They signed three undrafted college free agent safeties instead. The Cowboys don’t seem interested in Eric Reid or Kenny Vaccaro.

“Can we find a guy that can really compete with Xavier?” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said after the draft. “At the end of the day, that was the goal in the draft, and it didn’t work out that way. We’ll continue to look at options as we move forward and continue to see what happens in our roster. We do have corners that can play that position. They’ve done so before and certainly depending on how the competition works out over these OTAs and minicamps and then training camp, we’ll see how that works out. We certainly haven’t ruled out continuing to look for somebody that might step up back there and compete with Xavier for that free safety spot, although we do feel like there are players on our team, where if we wanted to move them back there, we could create a competitive situation.”

It would take the Seahawks lowering their price for the Cowboys to enter into a deal. Thomas, a native Texan who expressed his desire to play for the Cowboys when he approached Jason Garrett after the teams played in December, could go back on his word and holdout, hoping to force a trade.

22 responses to “Report: Cowboys remain interested in Earl Thomas

  1. Wonder if his trade value decreases when he holds out, huh Seahawks? Bird in the hand…

  2. The price should probably increase now considering the Seahawks won’t have the draft to replace Earl and would have to wait until next year to use any draft picks.

  3. omeimontis says:
    April 30, 2018 at 12:22 am
    Why not trade TE Jason Witten to Seattle for Earl Thomas, straight up, one for one trade.

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    I think Jason is retiring. Not sure that is a wonderful deal.

  4. Instead of releasing Dez Bryant…Cowboys should have traded Dez and gave up a fourth-round pick for Earl Thomas. The Dallas Cowboys would have been free of any contract deals with Dez Bryant.

  5. Why not trade TE Jason Witten to Seattle for Earl Thomas, straight up, one for one trade.

    Well because Witten is not guaranteed to play and I’m sure a trade to Seattle will make wanna play so much more.

  6. ET would be an amazing pickup… That being said, the price to get him AND keep him will be prohibitive. With all the upcoming signings the cowboys have to make, ET is a dream Dallas must wake up from!

  7. Seattle can keep him and then tag him still. It doesn’t matter if he holds out because McDougle or Thompson can play free safety…that’s who would play if he gets traded. The Seahawks hold all the power in this negotiation.

  8. Earl Thomas does not want to be in Seattle, the whole world saw him after week 16 game last season approach JG–Schneider should do the right thing and get his team some value for him before he either a. Doesn’t show up this year, or b. He walks next year and Seattle gets nothing in return.

  9. Sesttle tried to give Dallas a 3rd and Thomas for Bryant but Cowboys wanted a second. They also refused to include Tony Romo or Jason Witten in the deal because Jerry likes full control over his retired players.

  10. Instead of releasing Dez Bryant…Cowboys should have traded Dez and gave up a fourth-round pick for Earl Thomas. The Dallas Cowboys would have been free of any contract deals with Dez Bryant.
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    Too bad this isn’t your Madden franchise..

  11. Look, if Dallas is playing this lowball game, just trade Earl to who ever you want in the AFC for whatever they feel like giving up…..because a 3rd might as well be a 7th. Letting Thomas go to the Cowboys for nothing might be the end of the good vibes Schneider got for drafting Shaq.

  12. Glad they are interested. I’m sure many teams will be interested in the future. He remains a Seahawk for 2018. After this season, we will see what happens. My guess is that he gets tagged, if he doesn’t agree to be extended for two more years.

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