Earl Thomas wanted to come back home to Texas and play for the Dallas Cowboys. He told them as much after a Christmas Eve game at AT&T Stadium last season.
A trade never materialized during Thomas’ long holdout and he returned to the Seattle Seahawks just in time for the regular season.
Thomas, who attended West Orange Stark High School and played at the University of Texas, capped the Seahawks 24-13 win over the Cowboys Sunday at Century Link Field with his second interception of the day which shut down any hopes of a Dallas comeback.
His pick of a deflected pass to tight end Blake Jarwin ended the Cowboys’ desperation drive to get back into a game with just over three minutes remaining. The way the Cowboys’ offense struggled to move the ball for most of the day, however, a full-on comeback was highly unlikely. After the pick, Thomas took a bow towards the Cowboys’ sideline, which earned him an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Thomas said a couple of Cowboys’ assistant coaches asked him before the game whether he was “ready for the trade tomorrow,” but Thomas said he wasn’t sure if they were joking or serious.
“I don’t know if they were trying to play psychological games asking if I was ready for the trade tomorrow. I don’t know if it was but I had a damn good time,” said Thomas, who added that former Seahawks’ defensive coordinator Kris Richard who is now the Cowboys’ defensive backs coach, was not the one of the coaches who approached him.
“I felt like that was in the moment,” Thomas said of the bow. “If they were going to trade for me and extend me they should have done it. I love Seattle. I’m hopeful these guys call my agent and we work something out. If not, I want to be taken care of.”
Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson downplayed any issues with Thomas not practicing this week because of personal reasons.
“Sometimes the body needs a break. It’s not odd. He’s played a lot of football. He’s made a lot of plays. He’s been through the fire,” Wilson said. “To be able to just clear your head and make sure your body is ready to go sometimes is the best thing for you. We have no concerns whatsoever. Earl is a star. He prepares the right way. We’re glad he’s on our team.”