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ESPN Proposes Trade Offer To Bring Earl Thomas To Dallas

Kevin Brady

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Are the Dallas Cowboys Done Pursuing FS Earl Thomas?

Of the many stories which have circled throughout the NFL offseason, none has dominated the Dallas Cowboys news cycle quite like trade rumors for Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas.

Thomas, who followed Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett into the Dallas locker room following their 2017 match up, has made it very clear that he is looking for a fresh start. Or, at the very least, a new contract with the Seahawks as he holds out of offseason activities.

The Cowboys seemingly have a hole at safety, though many have grown to believe second year player Xavier Woods will fill that hole admirably. Earl Thomas is the best centerfielder in the entire league, and if anyone is worth a new contract you can argue it would be Thomas.

So what would the Cowboys have to do to bring Earl Thomas to Dallas?

Well, it's very unlikely that any of this will become a reality for the Cowboys at all, but ESPN's Todd Archer recently proposed a trade offer which could net the Cowboys Earl Thomas.

"Trade offer to Seahawks: 2019 third-round pick, 2020 fourth-round pick

Length and value of extension for Thomas: Five years for $62.5 million
Full guarantee at signing: $25 million
Total guarantee: $31 million" - Todd Archer

Personally, I see no issue with the Cowboys giving up those draft picks to bring in a player of Earl Thomas' caliber. Where this becomes a question, however, is if the Cowboys should be willing to sign an aging veteran long term.

Typically, good cap management would suggest that they should not, but Thomas fits the mold of a rare breed in the NFL. Free safeties would can play single high and cover the field sideline to sideline don't come along very often, and when you can add one to your roster, you usually should.

Being able to play cover 1 with Thomas manning the middle of the field would allow any defense to operate at their best ability, as it has in Seattle over the years. The Cowboys seem to have been adding the cornerbacks necessary to build their own "Legion of Boom," and Earl Thomas could be the final missing piece.

So what do you think about the proposed trade offer from Todd Archer? How would you feel about signing a player long-term when they will be in their 30's for much of their contract? Let us know how you feel in the comment section.



Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and am currently a college student. Lets get going.

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14 Comments
  • Saul Molina

    A third round pick and that’s it take it or leave it they will lose him next year anyway

  • Keith smith

    Hello I’m a Cowboys fan from the days of Roger Staubauch and Tony Dorsette and the Rooms DAY Defense. If I was Jerry Jones Earl Thomas would of been priority number 1 the moment Dez was let go as a fan I’m sick of the looking and teams winning with last minute drives go get him he’s the missing puece.

    • Stet Ross7777

      We Need A Defense That Can Give The Ball Back To Our Offense More Times Than Not And , Make Plays To Win Games At Any Moment Throughout The Game …… I am You My Brother ………….

  • Taylor Harris

    Earl Thomas is a great player, no question. He’s actually one of my favorite defensive players in the league. However, sooner or later teams need to direct their attention towards developing their own young talent. We have a very talented group of players who just need more experience. Save your picks and give them that experience and play time. I think we have one of the best sleeper defenses in all of the league. As long as we can avoid bonehead suspensions we’ll be contenders for sure.

    • oneputter

      totally agree. i think we stick to what we have and let them gain some experience.

      get more pressure up front and it makes the back end players that much better.

  • MLV

    It will never happen, JJ is not trying to win , he does just enough to keep idiot fans coming out to the stadium and buying merchandise , he’s about making money, not spending it!

    • Steve Gray

      Why don’t you just go F yourself.

      • MLV

        Tough guy on the keyboard, can’t stand the truth, BTW you should try your wife if you can!

  • Will

    Make it a 4th and 5th instead and I’m all in

  • Stet Ross7777

    Needed For Our Defensive Unit: Sign Safety Earl Thomas And , Stop Messing Around Mr. Earl Thomas , Will Be Good For The Short And , Term We Sat Down On Our Behinds And , Should Of Sign
    Conerbacks Aquib Tulib , As Well They Also Are Good Teachers Of The Game . Manage Your Roster Better Dallas Cowboys , Take Younger Players Worth Keeping And, Developing . Right Now You Need To Compere With And, Beat The Philadelphia Eagles And , Others Impede To Just Win The Superbowl Right Now Short Term And , Long Term Wake Up # I Want A Job Cowboys

  • Ruby Ann Small

    I’m down for it being him in and our defense becomes strong

  • Michael White

    I’m kind of on the fence about this..because I do believe ET can help us..on the other hand he had to learn the game too and that’s where Kris Rishard comes on. I believe X-Woods is the truth. I think the future is bright for him and in the long run that would be the way to go. How would this trade affect chemistry and the psyche of the other players knowing that you would not be starting but fighting for a back up position. Financially this could set is back if our defense doesn’t brine elite and e don’t win Superbowl(s). On the other hand this move shows a commitment to winning now, but can we win now. Out would definitely improve the back end of the defense immediately. And it would give our defense proven leadership that had wona Superbowl..Either way i think we’ll be good if we get him or not

  • Steve

    IMO, I believe that Thomas should be the next move for our defense to become top 10 or better. We have 2 years be4 we have to pay Dak and Zeke so why not make a move and give our young defense the field general it desperately needs! Our offense will get better as the year moves along and I believe our defense can win ballgames while our offense gels because we have a lot of new players on that side of the ball….

  • Chip Wilson

    Do it!

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Will Terrance Williams’ Run Of Bad Luck Continue?

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If Suspended, Will Cowboys Cut Ties With Terrance Williams?

To say that Terrance Williams has had a run of bad luck recently would be an understatement. First he breaks his foot, which kept him out of all of the offseason practices so far. Then, he ends up getting arrested on an intoxication charge, a Class C misdemeanor, on May 19 after crashing his Lamborghini into a light pole. Unfortunately for him, his bad luck could continue with training camp approaching because he could be looking at a demotion.

As things stand right now, I have a hard time seeing Williams being any more than the fourth wide receiver on the Dallas Cowboys depth chart. I have him behind Allen Hurns, Cole Beasley, and rookie Michael Gallup (in that order) right now, possibly falling even further. For now, I'll pencil him in at WR4 though.

I believe a lot of Dallas Cowboys fans wouldn't be too terribly upset if we don't see a lot of Terrance Williams in 2018. Fans have been unhappy with Williams for quite some time and many voiced their displeasure when the Cowboys signed him to a contract extension last offseason. But, he is still on the roster, which means we should probably expect him to stick around for at least one more season.

There is a cloud still hanging over Williams' head though. His intoxication arrest is still an open case and the league could decide to discipline/suspend him for breaking the NFL's conduct policy. That could impact his availability to start the season, which could ultimately determine where he exactly fits in on offense in 2018.

I know, it's a lot to take in, but that's how things stand right now and I don't things get much clearer when training camp gets underway. But, let's try to dive into this little deeper to try to determine what to expect from T-Will this year.

Did Terrance Williams' Big Game Quiet His Doubters?

Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

As I mentioned earlier, I believe Hurns, Beasley, and Gallup are the top three Cowboys receivers this year. If that proves to be true, Williams is looking at demotion. He may be nothing more than an insurance policy in case of injury.

Terrance Williams does have something going in his favor though. He has the coaching staffs trust, which means he could reprise the same role we have seen from him in the past. But, that's where his potential suspension comes into play.

If Williams is indeed suspended, that would give more opportunities to other WRs on the roster to prove themselves, particularly Michael Gallup and Noah Brown. I think these are the two receivers who could have the biggest impact on Williams' offensive role this season.

Gallup will without a doubt receive every opportunity to prove he's ready to hit the ground running as a rookie. I think he will be successful, which is why I have him ahead of Williams on the depth chart to begin with. Noah Brown on the other hand is the wild card here.

I'm a big fan of Noah Brown's. I believe he can adequately replace Williams as both a receiver in the passing game and as a blocker in the running game, something the coaching staff really values about Williams. I think he has a chance to leapfrog T-Will on the depth chart, but he's really going to have to have a good training camp to do that.

Having said all that, I still don't know exactly where Terrance Williams will fit offensively for the Dallas Cowboys in 2018, but I think his bad luck will continue. I think he should probably just be an insurance policy in case of injuries, but will have to wait to see if the coaching staff agrees.

Do you think Terrance Williams' bad luck continues?



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Alternate Universe: Where Would Cowboys Be With RB DeMarco Murray?

Kevin Brady

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During the Spring of 2015 the Dallas Cowboys faced what most considered a difficult decision.

Following an unexpectedly successful 12-4 season in which the Cowboys won just their second playoff game since 1996, two of the team's main offensive weapons were set to hit free agency.

On one hand was wide receiver Dez Bryant, coming off of a career year and widely considered a top wide out in this talent-rich league. On the other hand was running back DeMarco Murray, also coming off of a career year in which he led the NFL in rushing yards.

Could the Cowboys afford to pay the somewhat aging running back in this NFL economy? Could they place a premier price tag on a wide receiver despite their run-first, ball control mentality?

Of course, this wasn't exactly an either/or situation, but the Cowboys did re-sign Bryant to a lucrative deal and allowed Murray to walk to Philadelphia.

Now Fast forward to 2018.

Neither Murray nor Bryant are on the Cowboys, Tony Romo is broadcasting for CBS, and Dallas has spent a top five overall pick on replacing Murray at running back.

DeMarco Murray announced his retirement from football last week, making much of Cowboys Nation (including myself) think back upon those Romo-era teams.

And it's really hard not to wonder, where would the Cowboys have gone if they decided to keep DeMarco Murray? Where would they be had they re-signed Murray, rather than spending a premium pick on Ezekiel Elliott a year later.

If we're being honest, Elliott is a much more dynamic runner than Murray ever was. He brings more explosion and reliability to the offense, and is arguably the best back in football. Even when Murray was the league's leading rusher, this really couldn't be said about him.

There's not much of a chance that DeMarco Murray would still be a productive RB1 in Dallas heading into 2018. His play significantly dropped over the years in Tennessee, even behind their solid offensive line.

Of course the value of the running back position has been devalued as of late, making the Cowboys selection of Elliott a questionable one to some around the league. Paying the league's leading rusher what they would've had to pay him back in 2015, however, would have been even more questionable.

Plus, the Cowboys were able to replace much of Murray's production in 2015 with Darren McFadden, even if the team didn't win nearly as many games.

There might be an alternative universe out there where Tennessee's Murray and Derrick Henry-led backfield existed in Dallas, but Cowboys fans are certainly not upset about having Ezekiel Elliott in a Cowboys uniform.

Even if it took them a top five pick to seal the deal.



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Considering an Earl Thomas Extension, Age is just a Number

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When people consider whether the Dallas Cowboys should trade for Seattle Seahawks' Safety Earl Thomas, one rebuttal fans throw out there is his age, and for good reason. People get concerned about handing out contract extensions to players entering their age-29 season.

In the salary cap era of the NFL, it typically isn't good business to pay age as the team often doesn't get the value out of the player that the contract expects.

One position where I feel that isn't necessarily the case is at the safety position. Let's consider Earl Thomas' accolades for a moment and see if we can find some correlations.

Earl Thomas, in his eight-year career, has been to the Pro Bowl six times, missing out his rookie season and in 2016 when he only played 11 games. He's been selected to the NFL All-Pro's first team three times in consecutive years from 2012 to 2015.

So, let's go over to our friends at Pro Football Reference and see which other safeties have been to the Pro Bowl at least six times and have been selected as a first team All-Pro player three times.

Here's the list:

Considering an Earl Thomas Extension, Age is just a Number

The first thing you'll notice is the elite players on the list along with Earl Thomas. The likes of Rod Woodson, Ed Reed, Brian Dawkins, Troy Polamalu, Aeneas Williams, and Charles Woodson. Those are just the players whose career extended into 2000s.

Then if you consider Ronnie Lott and Cliff Harris, that's some amazing company.

The players with an asterisk are the players that are in the Hall of Fame. Reed, Polamalu, and Woodson will be in the Hall of Fame. Cliff Harris not being in the Hall of Fame is still an NFL injustice that needs to be righted as he was one of the key cogs to the success of the Doomsday Defense of the 1970s.

I know Deion Sanders is on the list, and he's only there because he did play some safety toward the tail end of his career, but we know that it was as a corner that Deion made his money. The key though is that Deion's switch to safety at the end allowed him to prolong his career.

Removing Earl from the discussion for a moment, the average length of the careers of the men mentioned above was 13.41 years. The longest career was Charles Woodson at 18 years followed by Deion at 17 and Brian Dawkins at 16 years. The shortest careers were the 10-year careers of Cliff Harris and Joey Browner.

So, if Earl Thomas, having played eight years, played to the short end of the career length, he'd still have another two years left, this season included. If he played to the average length of those listed above, he'd have another five years left.

Considering that half of the players listed above all played longer than the average, there's a good chance that Earl Thomas has another six to seven years left in his career.

So, when we think about an extension for Earl Thomas, we have to consider the fact that for someone who has had the career that he's had to this point, he's going to be able to play at a good to great level for the life of a four-year extension.

Earl Thomas is an elite player and is on track to one day be considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

If the Dallas Cowboys could add that to their young and developing defense for the next four years, they shouldn't worry about his age.

Obviously, anything can happen, and people may point to him missing games in each of the last two seasons, but prior to 2016, Earl Thomas played and started 100% of his team's games. That's a six season stretch of being available for every single game.

For a team that is really close to contention and has the makings of an elite defense, Earl Thomas could be the missing piece that could put them over the top, much like Charles Haley did for the Dallas Cowboys' dynasty of the 1990s.

Don't let the age thing distract you from adding one of the best safeties in the NFL and one of the best players in the league. Earl Thomas to the Dallas Cowboys just makes too much sense not to do it, and for the All-Pro safety, age is just a number.



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