The Raider Nation is all atwitter because of a Tuesday morning tweet out of Dallas that suggests perhaps your Oakland Raiders could land potential Hall of Fame safety Earl Thomas.
This is the smoking gun:
I'm told Earl Thomas went up to #Raiders owner Mark Davis in Vegas and told him to come get him. Seriously. Make that the #Cowboys & #Raiders he is willing to play for. Thomas plans to sell his Seattle home. @NBCDFWSports pic.twitter.com/2tAD7HSDna
— Newy Scruggs (@newyscruggs) July 24, 2018
I have a few.
First, we’ve talked a lot this offseason about the possibility of Thomas joining the Raiders. This notion is not new. His name has been bandied about all offseason. His home-state Dallas Cowboys have been connected to Thomas the most. But the Raiders make some sense as well in addition to other teams. So, Thomas has been on my Raiders radar for some time.
Now back to today’s development. I really don’t think it changes much. Remember, the Seahawks hold the cards here. If they want to trade Thomas, they can send him anywhere. He does not dictate the talks. Plus, if he really wants to leave Seattle, he will likely open his wish list beyond the Cowboys and Raiders.
So, should we discount the idea of Thomas coming to the Raiders? Well, it’s probably unlikely at this point of the year, but never say never.
Thomas would help the Raiders at the price of likely a second-round pick. But there are some concerns. Thomas is 29 and has dealt with serious injuries the past two seasons. Plus, he wants to get paid big time. So, Oakland would have to give him a big deal.
That is prohibitive with the Raiders dealing with a tricky contract situation with star defensive end Khalil Mack. He will probably be a holdout when the veterans report to training camp in two days. The Raiders can’t afford both Mack and Thomas.
Of course, if the Raiders don’t think they can re-sign Mack, they can always offer him to Seattle for a first-round pick and Thomas. I bet that would get the Seahawks’ attention. But does that make the Raiders better?
So, you see, the Thomas talk makes sense, but there are many complications here as there have been all offseason.