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Cowboys expected to be 'very interested' in ex-Raven Earl Thomas

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Baltimore Ravens free safety Earl Thomas (29) reacts to a defensive play against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field.
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Just 17 months after signing a four-year, $55 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens, safety Earl Thomas is on the free agent market once again. 

Thomas was released on Sunday as a result of "personal conduct that has adversely affected" the team. The release comes after the seven-time Pro Bowl safety had to be separated from teammate Chuck Clark on Friday after Thomas confronted him following a blown coverage in practice.

Thomas was held out of practice on Saturday before Baltimore ultimately made the decision to cut ties with the safety a day later.

While moving on from Thomas was a move the Ravens felt they needed to do, the reality is a very talented safety is now back on the market. Multiple teams, including the Dallas Cowboys -- who have been linked to Thomas for years -- are expected to be interested in adding the 31-year-old to their roster, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

"But, he is now free, and yes, expect the Dallas Cowboys to be very interested in Earl Thomas," Rapoport said.

Besides the Cowboys, both the San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans are expected to make a run at the safety, per Rapoport. However, Houston Chronicle reporter John McClain says the Texans have zero interest in adding Thomas.

 

For Thomas and the Cowboys, the fit almost seems too perfect. Thomas is a Texan native, and a homecoming for the safety has always seemed like a possibility. He's also publicly said he wants to play in Dallas, too.

After missing out on Jamal Adams, who the Seahawks traded for last month, the Cowboys now have a chance to add an impact safety in Thomas. After losing Byron Jones -- who played both cornerback and safety during his tenure in Dallas -- in free agency, the Cowboys could certainly use a veteran presence like Thomas.

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Should he sign with San Francisco, Thomas would reunite with cornerback Richard Sherman, who were longtime teammates with the Seahawks and won a Super Bowl together. Thomas and Sherman made up half of the "Legion of Boom" secondary, one that was considered one of the best defensive back units to ever play together in the NFL.

Wherever Thomas ends up next, that team will be getting a talented football player. The only question is whether he will be able to keep his antics to a minimum.

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