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Seahawks’ Earl Thomas Asks Jason Garrett to “Come Get Me”

Jess Haynie

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Earl Thomas, Seahawks

Just a few minutes after the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, All-Pro safety Earl Thomas was in the Cowboys’ tunnel talking to Dallas head coach Jason Garrett. Even while Seattle had kept their playoff hopes alive, Thomas was already looking ahead to the offseason. The six-time Pro Bowler clearly asked Garrett “come get me” when it came to his expected free agency.

The footage of Thomas’ pitch to Garrett was captured on video. The audio is a little muffled, but you can clearly hear the most important part.

Earl Thomas Tells Jason Garrett ‘COME GET ME’ After Seahawks Defeat Cowboys

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Thomas is under contract for 2018 but has major potential to be released by the Seahawks. In the final year of his deal, Earl is due to count $10.4 million against Seattle’s cap and would only cost $1.9 million in dead money if cut. With Thomas turning 29 in May, he checks most of the boxes for the typical cap casualty.

One box that Earl Thomas does not check, though, is declining performance. He is still one of the top safeties in the game and returns to the Pro Bowl as a starter next month.

If he is a free agent this Spring, Thomas will be attractive to many teams. As a native of Orange, TX and a former Longhorn, it’s no surprise that Earl would like to come home and play for the Dallas Cowboys.

The real question is if the Cowboys would have room for Earl Thomas. The Cowboys are poised to go into next year with plenty of young talent at safety; Byron Jones, Xavier Woods, and Kavon Frazier are all here and veteran Jeff Heath has two years left on his contract.

That said, adding an elite player like Thomas shouldn’t be off the table. As this season showed, the Cowboys clearly need more on both sides of the ball if they want to get back to the Super Bowl. Thomas would not only upgrade the secondary but add veteran leadership to help the development of their young players.

Jason Garrett, Earl Thomas

Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett and Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas talk following Dallas’ Week 16 loss to Seattle.

If Earl Thomas was signed, Dallas could consider moving Byron Jones back to corner. That would allow them to cut Orlando Scandrick and still be deep at CB with Jourdan Lewis, Chidobe Awuzie, and Anthony Brown.

Of course, this is all contingent on Thomas actually being available. He seems to think he will be based on those words with Jason Garrett, but it’s still up to the Seahawks to make the first move.

It’s also important to remember that signing a 29-year-old safety, even one of Thomas’ caliber, goes against the Cowboys’ current philosophy regarding free agency and the salary cap. If they stay true to form, it’s unlikely that they would give Earl the kind of contract he’ll be looking for given his age.

With our eyes already turning to the offseason after Dallas’ season-ending loss to the Seahawks, this is just the first of many free agency nuggets we’ll be considering over the next few months. We’ll have to wait a while to see if Earl Thomas gets his wish.

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5 Comments
  • cowboy_up

    Go get him.

  • Hector Espindola

    Very tempting, I would do it! Garrett needs all the help he can get.

  • D Reyes

    Dez for Earl swap? Thoughts, comments? Would seem highly unlikely.

  • Russ_Te

    I thought he was challenging Garrett to a fight in the parking lot… ;^)

  • Russ_Te

    Thomas is 5′ 10″ / 202 lbs. He plays FS and we’d be spending cap on a FS that either puts Woods on the bench or out of position somewhere else.

    If you had a premiere SS free agent to go get, I’d shelf the Frasier and Heath projects for that, but only if it somehow was economical. If I have to spend $10 million, I’m looking to use that on a quality OT, ideally a swing OL player.

    If this OL regresses, no Super Bowls. It has to be first priority this offseason IMO

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Cowboys Losing Linebackers Coach Matt Eberflus to Colts

Jess Haynie

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Matt Eberflus, Sean Lee

Multiple sources are reporting Matt Eberflus — who has been the linebackers coach and passing game coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys — will leave to join the Indianapolis Colts as the new defensive coordinator. Eberflus has been with Dallas since 2011, having joined Rob Ryan’s staff when Ryan become the coordinator for the Cowboys’ defense.

He has been the linebackers coach during his entire Dallas tenure and was also named passing game coordinator in 2016.

Tom Pelissero on Twitter

With Josh McDaniels ticketed for the #Colts, former #Cowboys assistant Matt Eberflus is expected to come along as defensive coordinator, I’m told. Lot of parts falling in place now.

If not the Colts, some thought Matt Eberflus might end up replacing Matt Patricia as the defensive coordinator in New England. Either way, it does not appear Dallas could have kept him around while Rod Marinelli remains in his current position.

Eberflus’ work in Dallas speaks for itself, and primarily through LB Sean Lee.

He has been Lee’s position coach for all but his rookie season, and in that time Lee has been one of the top defensive players in all of football.

Beyond Lee, Eberflus has also been able to get quality play out of mid-round picks like Anthony Hitchens and Damien Wilson. We also saw Jaylon Smith make significant progress this season.

Given Matt Eberflus has never worked with Josh McDaniels before, the fact he was on the Colts’ radar says a lot.

Make no mistake; the Cowboys lost a good one here.

Don’t panic, however. Coach Marinelli has cast a very wide net during his time in the NFL and there are a lot of potential guys, some with plenty of experience, that Dallas might look to.

It’s entirely possible that Eberflus’ replacement will be someone who Marinelli spends 2018 grooming to take over as the defensive coordinator.

Still, of all the coaching changes so far for Dallas, this one hurts most.

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Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander

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Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander

Thus far the 2018 offseason has brought a plethora of change to the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Now it is being reported the Cowboys have hired a brand new offensive line coach, former Cincinnati Bengals’ Offensive Line Coach Paul Alexander.

Alex Marvez on Twitter

Source tells @sportingnews that Paul Alexander hired as new @dallascowboys offensive line coach

Alexander coached with the Bengals for over 20 years, and replaces the same man in Dallas who replaces him in Cincinnati, Frank Pollack. Alexander has also been the Bengals assistant head coach since 2003.

The Cowboys recently lost an assistant head coach when Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia left for Jon Gruden’s Oakland Raiders.

Per usual, the hire has been met with mixed reactions from Cowboys Nation.

Joey Ickes on Twitter

Since 2003, CIN has had only one season where they finished top-10 in Yards per attempt on the ground… They’ve been bottom-5 in the league 5 times in that span… That’s the OL Coach DAL just hired.

The hiring of an offensive line coach who’s rushing attack finished bottom five in the league in rushing yards per attempt five times since 2003 doesn’t look too great on paper. He will also teach with different techniques and styles than previous Cowboys OL coaches, which could potentially set back the offensive line early in the season.

Plus, respected Bengals’ writer Joe Goodberry did not exactly love the hire for the Cowboys.

Goodberry on Twitter

Pretty bad https://t.co/fysjZqCQ6l

Regardless, this is still a very talented offensive line and one which should lead an effective ground attack based on their talent alone. 2017 proved further that coaching matters a lot in the NFL however, and the wrong hire could set back even the most talented of units.

We will just have to wait and see how this 2018 season ends up playing out.

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Mike Solari, Paul Alexander Candidates for Cowboys Vacant OL Coaching Job

Sean Martin

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Mike Solari, Paul Alexander Candidates For Cowboys Vacant OL Coach Job 1

By keeping all three top coaches (Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan, and Rod Marinelli) in place for 2018, there isn’t a Dallas Cowboys coaching hire that feels like they “must” get it right to contend next season. This is how it should be.

Producing nine wins, despite missing key players throughout the season, the Cowboys are changing things up at the position coach level to hopefully introduce new ideas and give the talent on this team a better chance at sustained success.

One coaching vacancy that needs to be filled by the right guy above any else is on the offensive line, where things haven’t been the same since the great Bill Callahan departed.

Frank Pollack took his place, and now finds himself with the Cincinnati Bengals after not being retained by Dallas this offseason.

Mike Solari, Paul Alexander Candidates For Cowboys Vacant OL Coach Job

Tom Cable (Stephen Brashear / Getty Images)

The first name that was thrown around in consideration for the Cowboys job was Tom Cable, which sent a panic throughout Cowboys Nation before Cable decided to sign with John Gruden and the Raiders.

Cable had been coaching the Seahawks’ OL, a position that franchise has not valued in some time, and struggled to develop any talent in protection of their franchise QB Russell Wilson.

Now, two new names have emerged as candidates to coach the likes of two-time 1st Team All-Pro LT Tyron Smith, 1st Team All-Pro C Travis Frederick, and two-time 1st Team All-Pro RG Zack Martin.

Mike Solari and Paul Alexander

Paul Alexander has already met with the Dallas Cowboys, looking for work after 23 seasons with the Bengals. During this time, Alexander served as Marvin Lewis’ assistant head coach, in addition to his duties as their OL coach.

Judging on reactions out of Cincinnati to Alexander’s departure, the Bengals offensive line regressed under him in 2017, warranting change from a franchise that is as reluctant as any to move on from coaches.

Goodberry on Twitter

Paul Alexander better be gone

Most recently, Mike Solari has served as the offensive line coach for the New York Giants — far from a renowned unit around the NFL lately. He does have previous experience with the Cowboys, having served as an assistant OL and special teams coach here from 1987-88.

From 2006-07, Solari did reach the rank of offensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs, which shows the level of respect that the 30-year NFL coaching veteran has earned.

He will be the Dallas Cowboys’ next interview for their open OL coach position.

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Dallas Cowboys RT La’el Collins, RG Zack Martin

Depth at tackle, a long-term answer at left guard, and an extension for Zack Martin are among the questions facing the Cowboys offensive line moving forward. Whoever is in charge of keeping this unit up to standard in 2018 though, may hold the keys to getting the entirety of the Cowboys’ program back on track.

Whether it’s Alexander, Solari, or another outside candidate yet to emerge, Inside The Star will keep you updated on the Cowboys’ ongoing coaching search.

Tell us what you think about “Mike Solari, Paul Alexander Candidates for Cowboys Vacant OL Coaching Job” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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