Earl Thomas has seen his tenure with the Baltimore Ravens come to a close after just one season. Since he departed from Baltimore, the Dallas Cowboys have continued to remain a plausible landing spot. However, Star running back Ezekiel Elliott didn’t exactly give the most encouraging comments concerning the situation.
Earl Thomas remains linked to the Cowboys
Since the Ravens elected to part ways with Earl Thomas, the Cowboys have remained linked to the star safety.
Before Thomas joined Baltimore, there was persistent talk around Dallas’ interest in bringing him aboard. It all began before the 2018 season as the Seattle Seahawks could not secure him under an extension. The trade chatter lingered until the trade deadline that saw him tell former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett to get him.
Thomas is now on the open market, but there hasn’t been any significant movement toward finding a new NFL home. Team owner Jerry Jones has voiced that he isn’t ruling out signing the 31-year-old, but that hasn’t moved the conversation closer to hammering out a deal.
With that in mind, Ezekiel Elliott just threw a wet blanket over the entire situation.
Ezekiel Elliott dampens Cowboys rumors around Earl Thomas
As long as Earl Thomas remains a free agent, Dallas will continue to linger as a landing spot.
The constant chatter has led to many Cowboys players to weigh in on the matter around the team. Star running back Ezekiel Elliott may have just dampened the situation by stating that he’s open to Thomas coming aboard but is satisfied with what the team has with their secondary, according to 105.3 The Fan.
“I like Earl Thomas. I like him a lot. And he’s a vet. You can never have too many vets. I would be open to having him, but I like the guys we got also.”
The Cowboys have been busy this offseason securing their secondary, especially after Byron Jones’ departure. HaHa Clinton-Dix hasn’t played well in training camp, but he brings more depth to that unit. Meanwhile, Xavier Woods is firmly in position as the starting free safety despite his recent groin injury.
Elliott’s comments don’t entirely reflect the organization’s perspective, but it doesn’t appear that Dallas holds a desperate sense to add Thomas to the mix.
Will the Cowboys venture that route?
The Cowboys may not be pushing hard to land Earl Thomas, but the team will monitor the situation.
There doesn’t look to be any significant interest in the Pro Bowler, but things could certainly change. The LA Chargers could jump into the mix, especially after the recent injury news regarding star safety Derwin James. The Pro Bowler is getting a second opinion on his right knee ailment.
James is coming off missing almost the entire 2019 season due to a foot injury. That said, Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn has already voiced that he’s confident in their secondary group that could see Rayshawn Jenkins move to safety and Desmond King possibly get reps at the position.
The Cowboys are in the driver’s seat if they hold any significant interest in signing Thomas. Other teams, such as the San Francisco 49ers, have shot down any chance of bringing him aboard. It’s a situation that doesn’t hold much urgency for Dallas given the lack of interest in the star safety.
Thomas can still step in as a high-impact player with any team. However, there isn’t any clarity around how much longer he can perform at an elite level. It’s a situation that should find clarity in the coming weeks.