When All-Pro safety Earl Thomas was released by the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, Dallas Cowboys fans rejoiced. Thomas grew up in the state of Texas, and he has expressed interest in joining his hometown team in the past. With Jerry Jones clearing some cap space by cutting an injured Gerald McCoy, it seemed as if a marriage between Thomas and the Cowboys was inevitable. Well, not so fast, says Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy. The new man in charge may have just hinted that the Cowboys aren’t even pursuing Thomas at all.
Earl Thomas was released by the Ravens after fighting with a teammate at practice
It’s not so often you see one of the best players at his position get cut without warning before the NFL season even starts. Well, that’s exactly what happened to seven-time Pro Bowler Earl Thomas over the weekend.
The Ravens announced the release of their star safety on Twitter Sunday after Thomas got into it on the practice field with Chuck Clark. Thomas reportedly punched Clark at Friday’s practice, and that was the last straw for GM Eric DeCosta.
After his release, Thomas posted a heartfelt message on his Instagram story to the Ravens.
“Appreciate the Ravens organization for the opportunity,” Thomas wrote. “Had a great run .. Wish things would have ended different but you live and you learn. Thank you Eric DeCosta and everyone else who played a role in bringing him to B-More. Wish you guys the best.”
The Dallas Cowboys have been labeled the favorites to sign Thomas
Immediately after Thomas’ release, rumors started to swirl about the All-Pro safety linking up with his hometown team for the 2020-21 season. Thomas is only 31 years old, and he still has plenty left in the tank, so why wouldn’t the Cowboys make a run at him?
This isn’t the first time Thomas to the Cowboys rumors have emerged. Seemingly every time the former Raven finds himself on the market, Dallas is always considered the favorite to land him.
With the recent influx of $2.5 million to the team’s cap space after cutting Gerald McCoy, it’s almost a no-brainer for the Cowboys to pursue Thomas. After all, he’s always wanted to play in his home state and Dallas needs safety help more than maybe any other position group.
So, what’s the hold up? Head coach Mike McCarthy may have just answered that one.
Mike McCarthy sends a stern message to Cowboys fans about Earl Thomas
It’s been nearly 24 hours since Thomas was released by his former team. You would think at least one GM would’ve given the superstar safety a call by now, especially Jerry Jones, but that’s not the case.
In fact, McCarthy might’ve just hinted that the Cowboys have no interest in going after Thomas at all. He spoke about the newest free agent at the team’s latest practice.
“We’re very confident in where we are (with) the 80-man roster,” McCarthy said. “I have nothing really to report.”
Is that a bluff or a genuine statement about the team’s lack of interest in Thomas? We’ll find out in the coming days, but it sure seems as if McCarthy is happy with his team as is and might not want the drama that Thomas would inevitably bring to Big D.