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Earl Thomas says Cowboys coaches asked if he’s ready to be traded

Cowboys Wire logo Cowboys Wire 9/24/2018 K.D. Drummond

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On Sunday morning, it was reported there were multiple people within the team's brass who were gearing up for another run at safety Earl Thomas. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, one of those entities was passing game coordinator Kris Richard, who was defensive coordinator in Seattle for much of Thomas' All-Pro career.

Now, it appears other coaches either find the pursuit funny, or have tipped the Cowboys hand that a deal is imminent. After Thomas picked off quarterback Dak Prescott twice Sunday in Seattle's 24-13, he spoke about conversations he had with coaches during pre-game warmups.

Thomas was asked if Richard was one of those guys and said it was other coaches on the Dallas staff.

Unless a trade was already in the works, this could be construed as tampering if true. With so many things coming out of Thomas' camp in trying to prove his disdain for not having an extension, it's tough to tell.

The Cowboys secondary could certainly use the kind of playmaker Thomas it, maybe the bigger question is now whether the move would evenbe worth it. The Dallas offense looks lost on the field with no creativity and no consistency in any position group.

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Thomas on the backend of a youthful defense will make a huge difference. The team is without a conductor on the back end, and on Sunday afternoon, miscommunications in the noisy confines of Century Link Field led to two of Seattle's three touchdowns.

Thomas has continued to stoke the fire of trade rumors that have existed since he sought out Jason Garrett following Seattle's victory in Dallas last December. He held out all offseason hoping for a trade or an extension.

After his second interception of the day effectively sealed the loss for Dallas, Thomas turned to the Cowboys' sideline and took a bow, earning a taunting penalty.

If it's the last time Thomas comes up big against the Cowboys in his career, the staff will likely be able to live with the ribbing. The Cowboys tried to acquire Thomas for a third-round pick during the draft, and for a second-round pick right before the season began. The Seahawks reportedly wanted more for the four-time All-Pro.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll talked after the game about Thomas' absences from practice this week, which had nothing to do with injuries.

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