Cowboys won’t break bank in free agency, even for Thomas

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Yes, the Cowboys would love to have Earl Thomas. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have tried to trade for him last year.

But Thomas wants to become the league’s highest-paid safety at more than $13 million a year. And he reportedly won’t give the Cowboys a hometown discount despite wanting to play for the Cowboys after playing his high school and college football in the state of Texas.

Thomas’ price would have to come down for the Cowboys to get involved, according to sources. That isn’t likely with Thomas expected to get a big deal on the open market as one of the league’s top free agents.

The Cowboys’ recent modus operandi is to shop for free agents after the first wave. They haven’t made a splash in free agency since 2012 when they signed cornerback Brandon Carr to a five-year, $50.1 million deal.

So signing Thomas or any other big-name free agent would be out of character.

The safety market could have a lot to offer for patient teams, with so many experienced free agents at the position. Landon Collins, Thomas, Tyrann Mathieu, Adrian Amos and Lamarcus Joyner are among the first 17 names on PFT’s top-100 free agent list. Clayton Geathers, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Glover Quin, Kenny Vaccaro, George Iloka and Tre Boston are the others in the top 100.

The other consideration for the Cowboys is they have so many contracts with their own players to get done.

The Cowboys used the franchise tag on defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence but hope to sign him to a long-term deal. Dallas also will have to extend the deals of Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper and Byron Jones in the near term to lock them up long term.

So any big-name, big-money free agent likely finds more money elsewhere.

12 responses to “Cowboys won’t break bank in free agency, even for Thomas

  1. Wrong side of 30 to demand to be the highest paid safety. Thus coming off injury. We want ET but when you have a cap or (aka ONE pie) then one must ask itself, where do I want to play? And how many mansions and cars and Ridiculous lifestyles do one really need? Offer it 12 mil per No More. Dak/ Smith/ Zeke/ Dlaw/ Cooper/ Jones . every last single one of them want the max coin. Yet it can not come to be. Pay and Play to win NOW, but spend/cut the pie in accordance.

  2. This has become absurd. Everyone wants 10,000,000 to 20,000,000
    Long term guaranteed contracts. The starting 22 can not all command 10,000,000. Even if the cap was 220,000,000; there are specialists and depth. False pride and greed are precedents for destruction. I do understand the desire for the most income possible, but how much is enough and yet these prima dona’s continually run out of money. I am beginning to feel very positive feelings to collusion.

  3. Punting, passing, running, kicking, or catching a football do not really relate to normal life. I would hope that I could have made 1,000,000 per year for 3 years. I would have truly been grateful. If there were others that made more, THERE will always be someone in every profession, good for them. IMO entertainment is grossly overpaid.

  4. Cowboys should get the Honey Badger but can they afford him ? Prescott will need a new contract as well


    Honey Badger and Foles in Silver and Blue!!

  5. @ jackedupboonie

    “This is rich. Cowboys want Earl at a discount when he absolutely laughed at the Seahawks trying to offer him this 50 cents on the dollar contract.”

    The Cowboys won’t overpay for an aging vet, but they also wouldn’t lowball him like the Seahawks tried to do. Seattle has burned their bridges with Thomas, and it is likely he ends up in SF with Sherman on a big contract. Oh, and playing the Seahawks twice per season probably isn’t a negative for Thomas

    Thomas wants his payday. It just won’t be in Dallas if he wants to he the highest paid S in the league. Dallas doesn’t need Thomas to beat Seattle anyway, but it sure looked like Seattle needed him against Dallas in the playoffs………

  6. I keep seeing posts stating “no entertainer is worth that much!” That is an enormously erroneous statement in a capitalist system, even though i’m more than sure any socialist would agree.

    Let me make this very simple for the simple-minded: Any person is worth EXACTLY whatever the market will bear.

  7. He is still worthy of the biggest contract for Safety position, if medically cleared. He will be elite for another two-three years and then solid for another two after that. I hope he gets a huge long term contract offer, but if not…… I bet he gets a huge one year deal.

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