The Dallas Cowboys continued to churn the bottom of their roster by signing two depth players as their first official signings of the 2018 free agency period. Yawn. After bringing in players such as Cameron Fleming, Allen Hurns, and Dontrelle Inman among others, signing the law firm of Thomas & Thompson wasn’t exactly the news many fans were hoping to hear. While Dallas could very well still add any of the names previously mentioned, these signings do beg some legitimate questions.
Deonte Thompson inked a one year deal worth up to $2.5 million, with $1 million guaranteed. The Florida native was a national champion during his time at the University of Florida. After going undrafted, he joined the Baltimore Ravens in 2012. In 2015 as a member of the Bears he recorded his first 100-yard game. In that contest against the Packers, Thompson hauled in eight passes for 110 yards. He has his best season this past year. Splitting time between the Bears and Bills he racked up career-high 38 receptions, 555 yards, and two touchdowns. Thompson is probably best known for his blazing speed. He clocked a 4.31 forty yard dash at his pro day.
At 29 years old it’s fair to assume that Thompson has reached his NFL ceiling, which begs the question why guarantee any amount of money for production/skill set you could likely get late in the draft as Cowboys/Draft expert Joey Ickes pointed out on Twitter.
You want speed?
38 WR have run 4.4 or better at the combine since 2012…
How many of those guys you think I could sign today for $1M or less w/ zero gtd?
You want a buncha dudes competing in OTAs/Camp for that role… THATS how you do it…
— Joey Ickes (@JoeyIckes) March 22, 2018
In addition to bringing Thompson on, the Cowboys also signed former Green Bay Packers linebacker Joe Thomas. Thomas agreed to a two year deal worth up to $4.5 million. He was actually on the Cowboys practice squad for a brief period in 2015. Thomas had his best year as a pro in 2016 where he started seven games, recording an interception, five pass defenses, and 68 combined tackles for Green Bay.
In Dallas, Thomas will likely serve as the fouth linebacker and special teams contributor. He may be best known for this play though.
In a similar fashion to the Thompson signing, many fans are left scratching their head here. After expressing interest in free agent linebacker NaVorro Bowman, why move so quickly on Thomas? Is Bowman still in play? These two signings have in some ways created more questions then they answerd.
In order to gain the cap space to make these and hopefully other moves, Dallas restructred the contract of center Travis Fredrick, freeing up nearly $7 million in cap space.