Despite recent reports to the contrary, the Dallas Cowboys are reportedly still interested in signing safety Earl Thomas as a free agent.
Last offseason, the Dallas Cowboys reportedly attempted to trade for Seattle Seahawks’ safety Earl Thomas. Unfortunately, the two teams could not agree on draft compensation. but starting this week, the Cowboys will no longer have to give up a possible draft pick in order to acquire Thomas.
The 29-year old is scheduled to hit the open market as a free agent. And Dallas figured to be his likely landing spot. But a recent report by The Athletic’s Calvin Watkins stated that the Cowboys were no longer interested in Thomas according to an unnamed source. This was due to his expected salary demands.
But that made little sense as the Cowboys were willing to trade for Thomas as his looming contract issues less than a year ago. Now it appears as if Dallas will pursue the six-time Pro Bowler in free agency.
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport on Sunday, the Cowboys are by no means out on pursuing Thomas. If true, it could mean owner and general manager Jerry Jones is willing to open up the checkbook in order to ink the future Hall of Famer.
The free agent safety’s desire to play for the Cowboys and love for the team has been well-publicized. Thomas is a native of Orange, TX who played his college ball at the University of Texas in Austin. He also recently enrolled his children in schools in Austin. All signs point to Thomas wanting to end his pro career in the Lone Star State.
And the Dallas Cowboys are certainly interested in Earl Thomas. His biggest advocate likely being the Cowboys’ own passing game coordinator and defensive backs coach Kris Richard. The former Seahawks’ defensive coordinator coached Thomas and the rest of the Legion of Boom during their prime in Seattle. The veteran safety could be the missing piece to the Cowboys making a deep run in the postseason.