The Dallas Cowboys made a move at safety today, but it wasn’t for Earl Thomas. Of course, they couldn’t make a Thomas move (legally) for a while now, so instead they brought back Darian Thompson.
Thompson played in 10 games last year after the Cowboys signed him off the Cardinals practice. He entered the league as a third-round pick of the Giants back in 2016. The Cowboys declined to offer a restricted free-agent tender on Thompson last month as that would have come to a $2.025 million price tag according to PFT. Instead, the Cowboys signed him to a one-year deal worth $720,000.
Thompson played mainly on special teams once he was signed by the Cowboys and logged over 30% of the special teams snaps during four of the Cowboys last five regular-season games.
According to Todd Archer, the Cowboys hope that this year Thompson can contribute more on regular defense. The team likes his athleticism and hope that after being able to go through the offseason program, he might get some snaps on defense.