The Dallas Cowboys are interested in trading for Earl Thomas, and Day 2 of the NFL draft is the optimal time to acquire the Seattle Seahawks safety. But there’s not much optimism it will happen.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, although the teams have engaged in recent talks, a potential deal is a longshot but possible.
One issue that will be resolved today: Will the #Seahawks trade Pro Bowl S Earl Thomas? They’ve had some recent talks with the #Cowboys and the compensation would come tonight (along with a fat new contract). Best described as a long-shot, but still possible.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 27, 2018
If the Cowboys were to add Thomas, they’d likely need to ship the No. 50 overall selection to Seattle. That would allow the Seahawks to regain a second-round pick — which it had parted with in the Sheldon Richardson trade.
However, the major question is how the availability of certain safeties on Day 2 could affect any discussions.
First-round talents Ronnie Harrison, Justin Reid and Jessie Bates are all available, so Dallas might settle for the younger, cheaper player. Conversely, the Seahawks might be more willing to part with Thomas because of the options on the board, depending on who remains.
Either way, this is an important story to monitor. Thomas recently skipped voluntary workouts, to which Seattle coach Pete Carroll responded he expects the safety to attend camp later in the offseason. The discontent, however small, is there.
All-Pro safeties aren’t traded often, but Thomas getting moved to the team hosting the draft would only add to the day’s excitement.