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Trading Dez Bryant for Earl Thomas: A Cowboys Wake-Up Call

The enthusiasm for the Dallas Cowboys is reaching new lows after witnessing the hated Eagles hoist the Lombardi Trophy. I have a fun and radical idea that will send a shock wave throughout the Cowboys’ fan base and wake us all up.  Trading Dez Bryant for Earl Thomas should be the highlight of the off-season for Dallas.

It does sound like a far-fetched plant that was concocted on Madden, but give the idea a chance. This idea goes back to the end of the Seattle game on Christmas Eve when Seattle safety Earl Thomas ran up to Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett after the game and supposedly told him to come get him. Thomas later cleared it up by saying he meant whenever Seattle cuts him that he would love to play for the Cowboys.

On the other end, the Cowboys are having issues with receiver Dez Bryant, who hasn’t been the same since he signed a five-year $70 million deal before the 2015 season. Since then injuries, age and an inability to get a connection with new quarterback Dak Prescott has made the former All-Pro turn into more of a mediocre player.

So let’s fix the problem. Trade Dez for Earl and watch how happy both sides can be.

Seattle is already looking to change a lot on their aging defense and the run of the Legion of Boom looks like it could be coming to an end. Thomas, who is still playing at an elite level, only has one more year left on his contract and there has been no indication that Seattle would want to extend him. So bring him to Dallas where he will flourish around a talented and youthful secondary. He will bring a veteran presence that the Cowboys desperately need.

The defense would instantly upgrade into a contender with Thomas anchoring secondary.

For Dez Bryant, he would immediately become a favorite target for veteran quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson can get the ball to Dez and soon Bryant would find himself back in the conversations of the elite receivers again.  Seattle would add another threat to their arsenal and would launch them back into contender status once more. Imagine defenses trying to cover both Jimmy Graham and Dez in the red zone.


The problem here is mainly the money and how the cap is affected. For the Dallas Cowboys, they still need to pay Demarcus Lawrence, David Irving and Zack Martin. Thomas would only be here for one more year and it would be unlikely if the Cowboys could afford what he would command on the open market.

With the Dez, his contract is too much really for any team that would want to trade for it. Seattle is trying to fix their cap issues and Bryant’s contract really complicates the matter. The Cowboys also would be eating up a lot of dead money as well if they were to trade him.

With that being said, the Cowboys should at least explore this idea out. To catch up with the Eagles, you have to make very balsy moves and this is that moment. Jerry and Stephen can’t be afraid if they want to hoist the Lombardi trophy once again.


Staff writer covering the Dallas Cowboys | A DFW native, EA has grown to love his local teams with a fury. His passion for sports led him to get a degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas. He has aspirations to be a sports writer and radio host. He has articles in multiple publications online, including The Dallas Morning News. He also is a part-time host on 103.3 FM ESPN Dallas' "Game Night" and a co-host on the Internet Radio Show "Best for Business"

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