This post has been updated for clarity. The original version continues at the bottom.
Update: 12:25pm ET
Whatever excitement you had about the Cowboys reportedly upping their offer to a second-round pick for Earl Thomas, well, you might want to make sure you’re sitting down.
Thomas posted on his Instagram page (a place that’s connected him to the Cowboys quite often) that he will be reporting to the Seahawks on Wednesday, although he isn’t too thrilled about it.
I worked my whole life for this..... I’ve never let me teammates, city or fans down as long as I’ve lived and don’t plan on starting this weekend. With that being said, the disrespect has been well noted and will not be forgotten. Father Time may have an undefeated record but best believe I plan on taking him into triple overtime when it comes to my career.
Thomas notes that the “disrespect has been noted” and is clearly displeased with the way his contractual discussions have gone (or really haven’t gone) with the Seahawks. He will be a free agent in the offseason and maybe something can happen with the Cowboys then, but while they did reportedly up their offer they ultimately chose to back out of the discussions altogether when it wasn’t enough.
The #Cowboys upped their offer to a 2nd round pick in recent days… then bowed out. They tried like crazy but were out. That helped ensure that Earl Thomas was staying in Seattle, which he announced on Instagram.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 5, 2018
It was a fun dream while it lasted.
The Seahawks allegedly want more than a third-round pick, they reportedly want a second-round pick “and change.” What that change is has yet to be defined, but the Seahawks want it. We’ve been debating and discussing what the Cowboys should offer (more like what we’d offer), but apparently they’ve been talking about it, too. They’ve reportedly upped their offer to a second-round pick.
Within the past week, Dallas upped its offer to the Seahawks for Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas to a second-round pick, per sources. Seattle wasn’t interested; it wants more.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 5, 2018
It’s interesting that Schefter notes this has happened within the past week specifically because the report of a firm third-round pick came about 15 hours ago (as of the time of this post). A second-round pick feels more than fair for the rights to Earl Thomas and to award him with a long-term contract, if Seattle wants more then it is starting to feel greedy.
There is no real hard deadline approaching unless you count the fact that the regular season literally begins this Sunday for both the Cowboys and Seahawks. Perhaps Seattle will reach a point where they realize a second-round pick is fantastic compensation for a player they will very likely watch walk away in free agency in the offseason. That feels like the only logical end to this.
The biggest takeaway here is that the Cowboys are reportedly willing to deal a second-round pick. Things could heat up on this front, or they could stay as they have forever now. For some reason, it’s starting to feel like the former more than the latter.