Moore: Seahawks would be taking risks by not trading Earl Thomas

We’re getting down to it now, less than two weeks ’til the NFL draft, and the question of whether the Seahawks should trade Earl Thomas magnified last Friday when the Cowboys cut Dez Bryant.

ESPN Cowboys reporter discusses possibility of Earl Thomas trade

Everyone is connecting the dots more than ever before. Last year Thomas ran into the Cowboys’ locker room after a Seahawks’ game in Dallas and asked coach Jason Garrett to “come get me” or something to that effect – even though no one could actually “get him” since he’s under contract with the Seahawks through the 2018 season.

But that started the speculation that Thomas might want to play somewhere else. Then the All-Pro safety made things worse when he intimated at the Pro Bowl that he would hold out if the Seahawks don’t give him a contract extension.

With Bryant off the books, the Cowboys have more salary-cap room to accommodate Thomas in 2019, and they need help in the secondary – Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times noted that Dallas had just 10 interceptions last year.

There’s not a simple solution, but if you put all of what you know in a bowl and mix it together, you have a player who could hold out and be a distraction the way Kam Chancellor was in 2015 when he held out and missed the first two games – both losses by the way.

You also have a player who has been fantastic, perhaps a Hall of Famer, certainly a future member of the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor. But he will be 30 when the new contract starts in 2019, and he wants to be the highest-paid safety in the league, or at least get as much as the current leader, Eric Berry of Kansas City, at $13 …read more

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