We have reached the regular season and things are so official that the Dallas Cowboys released their first unofficial depth chart of the season. Before you know it, Week 1 will be in the rearview mirror and the Cowboys will hopefully be 1-0. Obviously what happens on Sunday will go a long way in dictating a lot of things, and one of those is the potential future of the roster.
Earl Thomas’ name has been associated with the Cowboys for a long time now, but more so in recent weeks as he was released from the Baltimore Ravens and remains a free agent. Jerry Jones has never been one to completely slam the door shut on Thomas, and that remains the case.
Jerry Jones continues to leave the door open for Earl Thomas... kind of
We know that Earl Thomas and the Dallas Cowboys have been dancing around one another for quite some time. With Thomas now a free agent, the math of this all makes sense for the two to finally be together, but Thomas seems to bring with home some baggage as that is the reason why the Ravens released him (and took on a lot of money to do so).
Cowboys owner, president, and general manager Jerry Jones appeared on The Rich Eisen Show on Tuesday and was asked about Thomas still being available. He basically said that the Cowboys are still in a wait-and-see mode with the whole situation.
“You know I have a lot of personal respect for the player and the career of Earl Thomas. We were able to bring in this past week a guy named Brandon Carr that is quite a veteran, and an accomplished veteran, that can give us a lot of position flex. He can play a safety or a corner and that’s in our pistol for opening week.”
“But having players, building rosters, is a never-ending process. And with Earl sitting out there, that certainly offers us, as long as he’s sitting out there, an opportunity to take a look at how it comes down for us this week and go from there. Now we have a couple of people back there that we’re really excited about, frankly. Xavier Woods and Darian Thompson, we’re pretty proud of those guys, and I really think that they’ll give us good stead out there. And we’ve got some position flex with Daryl Worley, who’s a cornerback that plays, can play some safety.”
“So it’s not that we’re not pretty sound in our minds at that safety position where a player like Earl Thomas could, but won’t be back there for opening day.”
That last line is particularly interesting as Jerry noted that Thomas could, but wouldn’t, be on the Cowboys roster come opening day. Obviously the state of the safety position on the Cowboys is one of, um, not a lot of depth and if that issue is highlighted on Sunday night then it stands to reason that the organization might reassess.
If you’re Earl Thomas the play at this point is obviously to wait and see who needs your services the most and that need might not arise until a few weeks into the regular season. Could it finally be the Cowboys? Well, like always, we will just have to wait and see.