According to a report, the Dallas Cowboys will meet with Earl Thomas soon
The position of safety has been an area of concern on the Cowboys’ roster for years. And with the exodus of longtime starter Jeff Heath this offseason via free agency, combined with the introduction of a new coaching staff, it figured to be addressed properly.
The Cowboys signed Clinton-Dix to a one-year deal back in March and most figured he’d slot into the starting role left vacant by Heath. But the veteran clearly didn’t meet expectations during training camp as Dallas is now willing to take a loss on his guaranteed salary in order to move on from him.
The release of Clinton-Dix on Thursday sparked more speculation that a move for All-Pro safety Earl Thomas could be in the works. And according to Kevin Turner of The Athletic, a meeting between Thomas and the Cowboys will take place soon.
Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones reacts to the latest Earl Thomas report
When asked if he can confirm a report that within the next 48 hours he’ll have a meeting with Thomas during a radio interview on 105.3 The Fan’s K&C Masterpiece show, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones had this to say …
“To the extent that there’s a report out there, no, I can’t. No, I can’t confirm that in any way. And I haven’t heard that report. So, to the end that we are basically making our roster in the next 48 hours, making decisions and not just at the safety spot but other spots, I can confirm that that process is going on. But I don’t know about that report.”
The Cowboys are currently in the process of trimming their roster down from 80-players to just 53 by Saturday, and they’ve already gotten a head start. The team could look to the waiver wire this weekend to fill spots on their depth chart as well.
Beyond Woods, the Cowboys also have listed Darian Thompson and Donovan Wilson listed at safety on their official website’s roster. Cornerback Daryl Worley and rookie Reggie Robinson have also had reps at safety during training camp.
As for Thomas, the market appears to be ice cold for the seven-time Pro Bowler, five-time All-Pro, and former Super Bowl winner. And that’s undoubtedly due to the circumstances surrounding his recent dismissal from the Baltimore Ravens.
Still only 31-years old and likely headed to the Hall of Fame one day, Earl Thomas is by far the best safety available on the open market. So if the Dallas Cowboys believe they need an upgrade at the position following the release of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, a union between the two makes sense.