Ed note: Another post from BTB podcaster and occasional writer, and ex-Cowboys player, Tony Casillas.
Everyone remembers at the end of last season when Earl Thomas ran from his locker room to the Cowboys locker room, sought out Jason Garrett, and pleaded “If you have a chance to get me, come get me.” I remember thinking that’s unusual; he just ran a mile to tell the Cowboys head coach he wants out of Seattle. Since then, that scenario has been thrown around numerous times. Would the Cowboys pull the trigger? Is Thomas worth what the Seahawks want in return, a high draft pick? Does Thomas’ play justify an extension for a new contract (forty million guaranteed) to bring him to Dallas? I say yes!
In 1992, at the beginning of the season before our Super Bowl run, there was something missing on our team. Our offense was in the infancy stage of the triplets, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin, but our defense was missing a big-time playmaker. Charles Haley was that missing piece to the puzzle. I know there had to be some second-guessing on Jimmy Johnson’s part, Haley came with some baggage and he probably wondered how would his team adapt to the rumors about Haley’s personality. In the end, given Jimmy’s ability to evaluate people, it was obviously a homerun decision on his part. In my opinion, Haley was one of the biggest reasons why we won multiple rings in the 90’s.
Which brings me to the question: Is Earl Thomas worth signing right now? Yes, is the answer. His two interceptions yesterday, and his passion (see, I told you) was a big key in the Cowboys loss. Players like Earl Thomas don’t come around that often and this team needs as many big-time players on that side of the ball as possible until the Cowboys offense finds the end zone. The emphasis will be for this team to win on defense, and signing Earl Thomas guarantees them more wins.