AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 5: Safety Earl Thomas #12 of the Texas Longhorns looks on during warm-up prior to their game against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks on September 5, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. The Longhorns defeated the Warhawks 59-20. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
As the 2010 NFL Draft draws near, the rumor mill is heating up.
The latest, and most intriguing, as far as the Dallas Cowboys are concerned, have the team interested in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers, in order to move up to 13th overall and grab former Texas safety Earl Thomas. The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat's Matt Maiocco made mention of the rumor in a recent blog post, citing that the 49ers are more interested in former Florida cornerback Joe Haden.
Thomas is thought of widely as the best coverage safety in the draft. Dallas, unless they are ready to stake a lot on the rarely-tested Alan Ball, need to address the safety position. But if there's any truth to this rumor as it stands now, Thomas would come at a step price.
Per the rumor, Dallas would get the 13th overall pick from the 'Niners in exchange for their first, second and third round selections--27th, 59th and 90th overall.
Jerry Jones and company have been preparing themselves for this season, which means, more or less, that they're in win-now mode. In that sense, the deal might make sense. Then again, one has to wonder if Dallas would stake that much on one selection in a draft marked by a deep class of defensive backs.
The debate may be over before it really got a chance to heat up.
Speaking to ESPNDallas.com, an unnamed source "in the know" has dismissed the rumor as just that.