Dallas Cowboys Sign Converted QB Jason Thompson to Play Safety

The may have a new coordinator to configure their young in 2017, replacing with former Seahawks secondary coach , but this does not mean that the are finished trying former quarterbacks at safety. Most notably, S remains a valuable part of the scout team in his transition from QB to the defensive side of the ball.

Now, Jason Thompson joins the Cowboys’ by way of the Patriots, Bears, and Seahawks. Thompson spent and the entire with the AFC-champion Patriots before being released and finding himself on the Bears’ practice squad followed by the Seahawks’.

Known for bringing the “Legion of Boom” to prominence in the NFL with the Seahawks, Kris Richard values athleticism and size in his secondary – two things that Thompson flashed in college as a safety at Utah.


Jason Thompson started his career as a QB/RB at Wyoming prior to transferring to Utah and switching to safety. Thompson played alongside Marcus Williams at Utah, the Saints’ second-round pick remembered this season for allowing Stefon Diggs to send the Vikings to the Championship Game with the “Minneapolis Miracle”.

A solid athlete in his own right, Thompson posted the following numbers at Utah’s :

  • 6.57 second 3 cone
  • 4.01 second short shuttle
  • 4.45 second 40 yard dash
  • 39 1/2″ vertical
  • 11’1″ broad jump

For comparison, here is how Cowboys’ Safety — considered one of the most athletic defenders in the league — compared to Thompson at the (where he set the record for broad jump distance).

speculation about any new additions to a that won’t be in action again for months is always fun, and that is exactly what this Thompson signing is for the Cowboys. While the most realistic outcome is that Thompson never sees meaningful snaps in Dallas, there is clearly untapped potential that Kris Richard and this staff may be able to hit on here.

Jason Thompson’s signing will certainly not deter the Dallas Cowboys from drafting a safety early in the , should they feel the need to with Jones potentially moving back to CB  – leaving , , and as the team’s primary safeties.

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