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Bryan Broaddus feels a possible Earl Thomas trade is still in play for the Cowboys

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The Earl Thomas trade is still not a dead subject.

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We’re just about a week into July and the NFL season is rapidly approaching. With training camp coming up, the Dallas Cowboys will have the opportunity to view the roster competition and make logical evaluations based off of it. At this point, NFL rosters are mostly set.

Trades do not happen often in football in comparison to other major sports like baseball or basketball, but the reports continue to surround the Seattle Seahawks and star safety Earl Thomas. The linked team for Thomas’ services continues to be the Cowboys.

The buzz surrounding the move really began after the Seahawks beat the Cowboys on national television in Week 16 by an ugly score of 21-12. After the game, Thomas said to Jason Garrett, “If you have a chance to get me, come get me.”

The pieces to the puzzle continued to fall in place when Thomas said in early January that he “had no clue” when asked if he would return with the Seahawks. A few days later, star Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin said how Thomas’ decision to do that after a big win was “disturbing”.

Dallas and Seattle talked during the draft about a possible trade, but the two sides were unable to agree upon a deal as the Cowboys would not give up a second-round pick.

A few weeks back, new Cowboys and former Seahawks defensive backs coach Kris Richard stated that while he loves Thomas, the Cowboys simply do not need him, a reference that the Cowboys like what they have in safeties in Xavier Woods, Jeff Heath, and Kavon Frazier.

On July 2nd, Thomas liked an Instagram post, telling him to “come to Dallas.” On July 3rd, another domino fell in what feels like a reality TV show, Cliff Avril stated how “everyone in the locker room knew Earl loves the Cowboys.” The six-time Pro Bowler has made it known that he wants to play for the Cowboys. That is not the question. The question is, “do the Cowboys feel the same way?”

Now, we have another opinion on the subject. Bryan Broaddus, a noted Cowboys observer and ex scout, still thinks a possible trade is still on the table.

“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.”

“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.”

So back to the question, how much are the Cowboys still interested? In Woods, Heath, and Frazier, the Cowboys have players with different levels of experience and potential. It feels like it has been forever since the Cowboys have had a dynamic presence at the free safety position. With Byron Jones moving back to his natural position at corner, the free safety position is up for grabs. If there was a Vegas line to put on which player will play the free safety position in 2018, you would have to think that Woods is leader of the pack.

It is obviously unfair to compare Woods and Thomas at this point. On one hand, you have a player that the Cowboys believe in and have hopes for the future. But on the other hand, you have a player that is known around the league as one of the best at his position.

Is the trade still in play as Broaddus suggests? Stay tuned.