Will the Dallas Cowboys make a trade for Earl Thomas?

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 23: Free safety Earl Thomas
GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 23: Free safety Earl Thomas /

With the Seattle Seahawks willing to listen to offers for Earl Thomas, should the Dallas Cowboys be looking to make a deal for the Pro Bowl safety?

After the loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Christmas Eve, that would ultimately end the Dallas Cowboys 2017 season, something happened that would send Cowboys nation into a frenzy and get them imagining a brighter future.

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas was seen catching up with Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett on the way to Dallas’ locker room. Thomas told Garrett to “come get me” if the team was given the opportunity to acquire him. He would follow up his remarks in a post-game interview at his locker saying the Cowboys were the only other team in the league he would want to play for.

Since those remarks last season, Thomas has been linked to America’s Team via speculation and rumors circulating all offseason. Now, with free agency officially underway, those rumors may become reality. The Seahawks are reportedly shopping Thomas around the league, looking to move on from their Pro Bowl safety as they appear to rebuilding their roster.

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So, Thomas clearly wants to be in Dallas. And the Cowboys certainly need safety help. Seems like a perfect marriage, right? Yes, on the field absolutely. The impact a player the caliber of Thomas would have on the Cowboys’ young and upcoming secondary would be monumental.

However, The Seahawks a rumored to want a first round pick in return for Thomas. The Cowboys place a very high value on their draft selections as they use them as the primary means of building their roster. That makes a striking a potential deal problematic.

The fact that no other teams have agreed to a trade for Thomas could mean that other teams are thinking the same thing the Cowboys are. That is that the asking price is way too steep. If the Seahawks continue to shop Thomas around the league and nobody wants to deal, could they drop their asking price?

The other potential problem with Thomas is his expiring contract. He has one year remaining on his current deal that carries a $8.5 million base salary. You can rest assured that he is going to want a deal that would make him one of the highest, if not the highest, paid safety in the league. And that would put his base salary in the neighborhood of $11 million per year.

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Could the Cowboys possibly package an early round pick with someone on their roster and still keep their first round selection? Is Dallas willing to give up prime draft picks for a “one-year rental”? Could the Cowboys find the cap space to potentially sign Thomas to a long term deal if they acquire him?

The Dallas Cowboys certainly have a tough decision to make on Earl Thomas.