Bryan Broaddus of DallasCowboys.com mentioned during an interview with 105.3 The Fan that he believes a trade for Seahawks S Earl Thomas “still is in play” for the Cowboys.
“The Cowboys have to look at their situation at safety and figure out is this going to be good enough? Are we able to compete for a division? To get in the playoffs? Could Earl Thomas be a guy, could he be a difference maker? … I feel like that the Earl Thomas situation still is in play. It’s just a matter of where Seattle is going to be,” Broaddus said, via the Dallas Morning News.
“I don’t believe Earl Thomas is going to sit out games for Seattle. I really, really don’t. You’re talking about a guy that makes over $10 million. Players just don’t leave those checks on the field just for principal, for that reason. I think that Seattle is going to have to figure out something. The Cowboys are going to have to figure out something. And maybe they do work something out there.”
A few weeks ago, Mike Fisher of 247Sports.com reported that Thomas will be in training camp by the end of July. The only question is with who.
“He’ll be in somebody’s training camp at the end of July,” Fisher’s source said.
Fisher added he still wouldn’t put a lot of money on the Cowboys trading for Thomas at this point in time.
Thomas made the decision to skip mandatory minicamp and could also hold out of training camp for a new contract.
As of now, there haven’t been any reported contract talks between Seattle and Thomas, so it will be interesting to see if that changes as we get closer to the season.
Thomas, 28, is a former first-round pick of the Seahawks back in 2010. He’s entering the final year of his five-year, $44.725 million contract that includes $27.725 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $8.5 million for the 2018 season.
According to OverTheCap.com, trading Thomas would free up $8.5 million of available cap space while creating $1.9 million in dead money.
In 2017, Thomas has appeared in 14 games and recorded 88 tackles, two interceptions with one being returned for a touchdown, a forced fumble and seven pass defenses. ProFootballFocus rated him as the No. 9 overall safety out of 86 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding the Seahawks and Thomas as the news is available.