Soon-to-be-former Seahawks safety Earl Thomas always wanted to play for the Cowboys. Now it seems Dallas doesn’t want him.
One has to wonder how much money Earl Thomas cost himself when he flipped off the Seahawks sideline after being injured in week four of the 2018 season. Or maybe other teams are leery of signing him because of his recent injury history. Possibly Thomas is simply dreaming about how much he thinks he can earn.
Thomas has long wanted to play for the Dallas Cowboys, his favorite team as a child. But Thomas is asking for too much money for Dallas. The Cowboys need an upgrade at free safety, but not at anywhere near Thomas’s asking price of around $15 million. But don’t worry, Cowboys fans. No team is going to pay Thomas that much money.
Thomas isn’t old by human standards but in football age he is beginning to get gray hair. He is still a really good player. That is, when he is healthy enough to play. He is beginning to miss more and more time each season. In 2018, he missed 12 games.
Seattle has the money to pay Thomas a reasonable amount of money. Not $15 million, mind you. Thomas doesn’t hold that much value as a player. But I doubt that Pete Carroll or John Schneider would want Thomas back at this point. When Thomas was being carted off the field on September 30th of last year he showed the Seahawks sideline his disapproval of not having his contract reworked before the season.
As Thomas was in the process of being carted off, Seattle owner Paul Allen was two weeks away from dying from cancer. Thomas happily took Allen’s money for several years while playing for Seattle. His vulgarity just before the team owner’s death was extremely poor form. Likely, other NFL owners view Thomas negatively for classlessly leaving the field after an injury.
It will be interesting to see which team ends up signing Thomas. Seattle won’t do it and the Cowboys don’t have the money to spend what Thomas wants. Thomas will make any team better on the field. He just won’t make a franchise any better off of it.