After releasing Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the Cowboys have not replaced anyone at the safety position.
Earl Thomas remains a possibility, but NFL insiders believe the Cowboys are out. As of now, the team has not made contact or scheduled any meetings. In this recent report by Jon Machota of The Athletic, owner Jerry Jones said it “would be misleading to say that his team hasn’t discussed” signing Thomas.
“Jerry Jones said on @1053thefan that the Cowboys haven’t had any discussions with Earl Thomas. “Certainly he’s an outstanding football player. It would be a misleading thing to say we haven’t discussed him. It would be misleading to say that we have.”
There remains one more free-agent safety on the block and Bleacher Report believes the Cowboys could swoop in and pick him up.
Bleacher Report write up a “last-minute” free agent pickup that could benefit each team. According to Bleacher Report, Reid would be a great fit in Dallas.
“Frankly, Eric Reid is a better fit for the Cowboys defense than Earl Thomas. That’s not to say Reid is as accomplished or as talented, but the emergence of free safety Xavier Woods made it easier to understand why Dallas didn’t immediately pounce on Thomas upon his release from Baltimore.”
It’s hard to say if Reid would truly be a better fit than Thomas. However, Reid has put up quality numbers in his career, which includes 11 interceptions, 519 tackles, and one Pro Bowl at just the age of 28.
The Cowboys have not placed an emphasis on safety in quite some time. Maybe, with a new head coach in Mike McCarthy that could change.
For now, Darian Thompson is a fan favorite, so we will see if he can live up to the standards that he set for himself last season.