It’s not that I don’t think Earl Thomas won’t ultimately be wearing a Dallas Cowboys jersey, I just don’t see it happening by Week One. If Thomas joins the Cowboys this season, I think it’ll happen at the deadline, but even that may be a long-shot at this point.
Seattle’s playing hardball and seems intent on riding this out. Besides, why would they want to trade him away for pennies on the dollar when they could force him to play AND get a compensatory pick when he leaves in free agency?
From the Dallas Cowboys side of things, they really like what they have in Xavier Woods and seem to think he can be that ball hawking centerfielder Thomas is in Seattle. By riding this season out, they can test their inexpensive second-year man out, before investing big in Thomas in free agency.
Jeff Heath remains a starter no matter what happens and seems to have the love and support of his coaches and teammates. Kavon Frazier looks to take on a bigger role as an in-the-box safety and Tyree Robinson has done just enough this camp to earn the final roster spot.
The key to this unit is getting Woods back healthy. He’s the man they are grooming for the FS job and he’s the only thing keeping the Earl Thomas deal from happening. Good or bad, we need to see him play or this standoff is likely to remain a headline for the foreseeable future.