Cowboys “Holding Out Hope” Of Acquiring Earl Thomas?

While there has been no recent movement in talks regarding a trade that would send Seahawks safety Earl Thomas to the Cowboys, Dallas has “quietly held out hope” that it may acquire the All-Pro defensive back, according to Clarence Hill of the Star-Telegram.

The Cowboys have made no secret in their interest in Thomas, and the club reportedly had talks with the Seahawks near the draft. However, Dallas balked at sending a second-round pick (which would have been the 50th overall selection) to Seattle in exchange for Thomas. Since that time, Seahawks general manager John Schneider acknowledged that while his team did have discussions involving Thomas, no deal was “remotely close to happening.”

However, Thomas has since continued his holdout: he did not report to mandatory minicamp earlier this week, and indicated he’ll continue to stay away from the Seahawks until his contract is “resolved.” Thomas’ absence isn’t major news in and of itself, but Seattle reportedly hadn’t had any conversations about Thomas’ deal — which expires after the 2018 season — as of late May. As such, there may not be a clear resolution in sight.

Thomas is scheduled to earn a base salary of $8.5MM in 2018, so the Cowboys — who have roughly $11.5MM in cap space — would be able to fit him on their books. Given that Thomas’ is clearly unhappy with his current contract, Dallas would likely need to extend the 29-year-old. Seattle, meanwhile, would incur a dead money charge of $1.9MM as a result of a Thomas trade.

Arguably the most consistent safety in the NFL since 2010, Thomas graded as the league’s No. 9 safety in 2018, per Pro Football Focus. In Dallas, Thomas would not only give the Cowboys over either Jeff Heath or Xavier Woods, but reunite with former Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard, who is now Dallas’ defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator.

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16 comments on “Cowboys “Holding Out Hope” Of Acquiring Earl Thomas?

  1. san888

    This will get done if Thomas is willing to work with Dallas on contract demands.

  2. tyork21

    Not gonna happen Cowboys still have 65 million in cap space even with the Zac Martin extension next year they will wait until he’s a free agent and get him without giving up draft picks

  3. bravesfan88

    After all Thomas has done for the Seahawks, being the leader of that defense, and their team leader, for the past several years, transforming their defense to one of the best in the league, and all while being nothing but a “good soldier” for Caroll and Co., this is how they treat him??

    He’s allowed Chancellor to play to his strengths, while manning their back-end..Thomas has provided several lineman and linebackers with longer opportunities to get sacks, by blanketing opposing teams’ deep targets. He has covered anyone he’s been asked to cover, even though often times he’s been outmatched in terms of size. Thomas has allowed Sherman to solely play to his strengths, helping him become one of the best CB’s.

    He’s caused fumbles, picked off passes, tipped passes, played well against the run. Thomas has done it all extremely well, and again, most importantly, he has helped everyone around him play better, has made up for their weaknesses, and with his versatility, he has allowed them to play to their strengths. He’s been the least talked about, yet most dominant defensive player the past decade or so..

    Take what you can get for him, likely a 3rd round pick and a 6th, or a 4th and 5th rounder, move on, and both sides will be happy…Earl Thomas deserves that much, but do not just continue to disrespect the man..

    All Thomas wants is security and to be wanted..It is VERY SIMPLE Seattle, if you want him extend him. If you don’t want him, then trade him for the best offer available..

    Thomas does not deserve to be treated like just another player, especially not after all he has done to help turn this franchise around…Shame on you Seattle, shame on you…

    • seattleite

      He’s made 1st round draft choice money and then another 40 mil. What are you talking about?

    • yoyo137

      You got it all wrong. The Seahawks aren’t doing anything wrong here. Earl Thomas ran up to Jason Garrett after they played the Cowboys last year and told him to get him this offseason. He doesn’t want to be in Seattle, and he wants to go somewhere (Cowboys) that have even less financial flexibility to be able to pay him. He deserves no respect publicly lobbying an opposing head coach to acquire him while still in uniform of his current team. Absolutely shameful.

      • Z-A

        Lol, they’ve disbanded that defense, there has been a culture shift. Not a lot of guys are happy with Wilson for whatever reason. The window has closed there, I’d want to be with a team on the uptick not down swing.

        • yoyo137

          Then he should’ve gone and told his agent he wants a trade. Running up to the opposing head coach and asking him please put me on your team is embarrassing, that’s all I’m saying.

  4. yoyo137

    He’s a loser for trying to tell Jason Garrett to get him while in a Seahawks uniform postgame. Just trade him. He doesn’t want to play for you, he wants to play for the Cowboys. No point having that energy in the locker room.

  5. Z-A

    Born: May 7, 1989 (Age: 29-037d) in Orange, TX
    College: Texas  (College Stats)

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