It’s been one of the big topics of the Cowboys offseason. Would they make a move to acquire Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas? We know Thomas is ready to come to Dallas, but making that happen would require some work from the Cowboys, and a commitment of resources.
The only reason this is feasible is the Cowboys lack a sure-thing at free safety. Earlier this week, we discussed the idea that Xavier Woods could grow into that role, but that is certainly a question mark at this moment. Jeff Heath is the other option, but his inconsistency is an issue, and he’s never risen to the level of a Thomas, not even close.
So the Cowboys have a hole, Thomas has expressed his interest in filling it, but what would it take to make that happen? It was reported during the draft that the Seahawks were looking for a second-rounder but the Cowboys would only offer a third-rounder. No deal was done.
With the idea not quite dead in the imagination of NFL observers, ESPN decided to propose three deals for Thomas from three different teams - Cowboys, Patriots and Chargers. Todd Archer crafted the proposed deal from Dallas and came up with this:
Trade offer to Seahawks: 2019 third-round pick, 2020 fourth-round pick
Length and value of extension for Thomas: Five years for $62.5 million
Full guarantee at signing: $25 million
Total guarantee: $31 million
Archer has the Cowboys sticking with a third-rounder (in next year’s draft) and sweetens the deal a little with a fourth-rounder in 2020. It’s still not the second-rounder the Seahawks reportedly want, but it’s a couple of draft picks and they don’t have to sign Thomas to a long-term deal or risk losing him to free agency next offseason.
For the Cowboys, that’s a pretty healthy contract they would be giving out to a player who is aging. The bulk of the contract would be played by Thomas after he turns 30, and would end with him as a 34-year-old safety. Additionally, it wouldn’t top Eric Berry’s contract, and that may be a sore point for Thomas.
The Cowboys would be willing to give Thomas one of the league’s best contracts for a safety -- the average annual value of $12.5 million would rank second among safeties behind Kansas City’s Eric Berry’s $13 million, and total guaranteed money of $31 million would rank third behind Berry ($40 million) and Miami’s Reshad Jones ($33 million). This deal would also offer some protection in case the injury bug continues to bite Thomas, who has missed seven games over the past two seasons.
So what say you BTB, would you do that deal?
Would you make this proposed trade for Earl Thomas?
This poll is closed
Yes, he’s the missing piece and would put Dallas over the top.
No, he’s a great player but the cost of draft picks and money is too high.