Earl Thomas thread

dbair1967

Administrator
Thought it might have been over with the draft, but there were a couple stories that came out late last night that said the Cowboys are still pursuing a trade.

This might go on through training camp, so decided to create the official Earl Thomas thread.


Report: Cowboys remain interested in Earl Thomas
Posted by Charean Williams on April 29, 2018, 10:00 PM EDT

It was presumed when the Seahawks didn’t trade safety Earl Thomas after the first two days of the draft that he would remain in Seattle next season. But not so fast. . . .

The Cowboys still have interest in a trade for Thomas, David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reports. That makes sense considering the only veteran free safety on the Cowboys’ roster is Xavier Woods, who started three games at nickel corner and one at strong safety as a rookie.

Dallas moved last season’s starting free safety, Byron Jones, to cornerback.

The Cowboys wanted to draft a free safety but used none of their 10 picks on one. They signed three undrafted college free agent safeties instead. The Cowboys don’t seem interested in Eric Reid or Kenny Vaccaro.

“Can we find a guy that can really compete with Xavier?” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said after the draft. “At the end of the day, that was the goal in the draft, and it didn’t work out that way. We’ll continue to look at options as we move forward and continue to see what happens in our roster. We do have corners that can play that position. They’ve done so before and certainly depending on how the competition works out over these OTAs and minicamps and then training camp, we’ll see how that works out. We certainly haven’t ruled out continuing to look for somebody that might step up back there and compete with Xavier for that free safety spot, although we do feel like there are players on our team, where if we wanted to move them back there, we could create a competitive situation.”

It would take the Seahawks lowering their price for the Cowboys to enter into a deal. Thomas, a native Texan who expressed his desire to play for the Cowboys when he approached Jason Garrett after the teams played in December, could go back on his word and holdout, hoping to force a trade.
 

Scot

Quality Starter
Yep

The report stated that we called with an offer of this years third rounder and Seattle never even returned our call! LOL
 

dbair1967

Administrator
Yep

The report stated that we called with an offer of this years third rounder and Seattle never even returned our call! LOL
And that was after they said they'd give him to us for our 2nd, to which we said hell no.
 

nickb

Cheerleader
Should we have given up out 2nd rounder for him instead of getting the T from Texas?
Seems like they are not prioritizing the S position but we haven't an impact S since Woody
I think I would have pulled the trigger on the 2nd rd pick for Earl
 

icup

Super Moderator
when you have a shitty coach like garrett--

so shitty in fact that the owner came out and said they needed to go OLine in the 2nd round mostly because of the atlanta game--

then you cant get mad at them for taking the OT when they did.



OTOH you wonder what their plan is for the secondary

i wuold actually feel reasonably comfortable about dallas' secondary even w/o thomas. richard might need more time to see what he has. he should have a good idea by now, but maybe he's confident w/ all the young guys. there are also some safeties still available via FA. the overall FA market for safety was pretty much non-existent this yr
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moral fo the story:

when you have a franchise that gets caught w/ their dick in their hands seemingly quite often, the championships arent gonna start rolling in after you lock up a good safety
 

dbair1967

Administrator
Should we have given up out 2nd rounder for him instead of getting the T from Texas?
Seems like they are not prioritizing the S position but we haven't an impact S since Woody
I think I would have pulled the trigger on the 2nd rd pick for Earl
I was all for getting Earl Thomas, but I didn't want to see us give up a 2nd rd pick this year for a 29 yr old safety who also needed a mega contract deal.

3rd and something else, all for it. 2nd. No.
 

theoneandonly

Draft Pick
How can anybody argue against getting what is likely a starting OL man on a 2nd round rookie contract for 4 years? I'd love ET but I dont want to throw the resources to get him or the money he wants at him.
 

Dustdevil

Practice Squad
I'd take the lineman.

Of course, I think you could make a better determination after free agency and what other teams put out there after roster reductions. Do we need a superstar safety or can we get by with merely a good one? I'd take Thomas in a heartbeat but this isn't Madden. You can't have a star at every position.

My biggest fear is VDE somehow has some congenital spinal issue that requires him to retire during training camp. THAT woulfd be a disaster.
 

nickb

Cheerleader
After hearing more about Williams I'm in with this pick as it looks like he will start at LG giving us such a solid complete Oline which means Collins now stays at RT
I still think S needs to be addressed and hope that there is still a chance we can swing something for ET
Heard Seattle laughed at the 3rd round pick we came back with...
 

nickb

Cheerleader
He helped turn Earl Thomas into a pro bowler, any chance he can do the same for Woods?
Maybe but I still would rather take my chances with the proven product and let Woods develop behind him...
 

dbair1967

Administrator
That's not a plan that's a hope and a prayer and upper management trying to tell themselves they got it right!!
Did you see anything in his play last yr that would suggest with further development and experience that he definitely CANT be a starting caliber FS?

He's a little smaller than ideal and he needs experience, but he has some traits which makes me think he can probably handle the job if he works hard. Kris Richard and Greg Jackson also give me hope because they are real coaches.
 

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