Ever since Earl Thomas went sprinting into the Cowboys locker room following a Seattle victory last season, Dallas and the former Texas Longhorn have been shrouded together in trade rumors.
One of the potential snags in any deal from the Dallas perspective was Thomas’ perceived top of the market salary demands on a new deal. After franchise tagging DeMarcus Lawrence at $17.5 million and continuing to hammer out a long-term deal with Zack Martin, the Cowboys may not have been able to comfortably meet those demands.
The release of three-time Pro Bowler and franchise leader in touchdown receptions, Dez Bryant, netted Dallas valuable cap space. They now sit just shy of $10 million in space at $9.9 million. Earl Thomas has a base salary of $8.5 million this year while counting $10.4 million against the cap in the final year of his deal for perspective. Coincidently enough, it may have been Bryant’s dreadful performance against Thomas’ Seahawks last season that sealed his fate out of Big D. Paving the way for the safety’s homecoming.
Mike Fisher of CowboysHQ, the Don of all things Cowboys related, has had the Thomas to Dallas scoop from the start, but recently suggested the trade winds from Dallas to Seattle could begin to pick up steam again.
To repeat, I believe #Cowboys & #Seahawks will again discuss an Earl Thomas trade. I believe DAL should offer pick No. 50. And I believe using Dez-freed cap room to give Thomas a contract extension will help DAL overcome PR botching of Bryant goodbye. pic.twitter.com/hRsmEf19N6
— mike fisher ✭ (@fishsports) April 14, 2018
As Fisher points out, this front office would do wonders for their approval rating with fans if they pulled off a move like this (not really sure they care though). With Dallas hosting the NFL Draft in two weeks, does the Jones family really want to risk a smattering of boos from members of Cowboys Nation who are still licking their wounds from seeing their beloved #88 unceremoniously jettisoned?
Trading for native Texan Earl Thomas and extending perennial All-Pro Zack Martin are two moves that could quickly squash that possibility.