Word of Earl Thomas’ return to the lone star state has swirled for a few years now. With Dan Quinn’s arrival to the Dallas Cowboys as the new Defensive Coordinator, and Xavier Woods’ contract expiring, the timing is absolutely perfect.
If Thomas were to retire, he is arguably a Hall of Famer. With seven Pro Bowl appearances, and three first team all pro selections, Thomas ranks among the best at his position. Not only is Thomas an elite ball hawking safety, he also knows Dan Quinn’s system inside and out, before walking in the door.
Dan Quinn lead one of the best defenses of all time in Seattle in 2013 and 2014. The Legion of Boom struck fear into the hearts of every opponent. Thomas worked the back line of Quinn’s championship system snagging six picks and racking up over 200 tackles during Quinn’s two-year stint with the Seahawks.
Earl Thomas has already expressed his interest with the Dallas Cowboys three years ago. After a home loss to the Seahawks, Thomas infamously strolled to the Cowboys locker room wrapped his arm around Jason Garrett and said, “COME GET ME!” Thomas said he felt unappreciated in Seattle and he saw Dallas as an escape.
While a trade didn’t come together then, now is the time to act. Thomas has not played a snap of football since his 2019 pro bowl year with the Ravens. After a controversial departure from Baltimore, Dallas is the perfect landing spot to get Thomas back on the gridiron.
Thomas had an on-field altercation with a teammate during practice which ultimately lead to the Ravens decision to let him go. While it may seem like Thomas has red flags attached, he has taken time away from the game to reflect on himself, and evaluate his disorderly conduct with Baltimore. The former Raven admitted he made a mistake and learned from it.
A year away from football, Dallas can add Thomas for a bargain. His fiery attitude on the field can be questionable, but it’s the mentality this Dallas Cowboy defense needs to have, if they want to improve. Thomas is a low risk high reward player Jerry Jones loves to bet on. If the 31-year-old isn’t in the condition the Cowboys need him in, Dallas can always waive Thomas similarly to Haha Clinton-Dix last season.
Although, if the 3-time all-pro safety is even a fraction of his former self, Dallas will drastically improve in the secondary. Pairing Thomas with the emerging Donavon Wilson is a match made in heaven. Wilson plays an in the box hard-hitting style, while Thomas plays more coverage on the back end of a defense.
With the salary cap drastically decreasing next season, the Dallas Cowboys need to gamble to get this team back on track. Dak Prescott is due for a contract around $35-$40 million. That leaves less money to spend on the defensive side of the ball. Thomas is a proven safety, and is available at the right price.
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