The release of Dez Bryant might hurt the offense a little, but it might just help the defense a lot. The Cowboys achilles heel has always been the defense. It's no secret that Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas has conveyed his interest in finishing his career with the Cowboys, a team he grew up rooting for as a child in Texas. The Seattle Seahawks asking price of a first- and third-round draft pick is far too high for anyone’s logistical evaluation of Earl Thomas. The Cowboys however are holding out hope that Seattle's asking price goes down to maybe a second-round pick.
Suddenly the $8 million cap space saved by cutting Bryant comes into play. Earl Thomas, just so happens to have a base salary for 2018 of $8.5 million. Ideally though, they would hope he would take less to come home. The addition of Thomas would give the Cowboys a difference maker and leader in the back end they haven't had since future Hall of Famer Darren Woodson, while also giving the defense another playmaker to go with DE DeMarcus Lawrence and LB Sean Lee.
The Cowboys have been preparing for the release of Dez Bryant all off season. The signing of Allen Hurns in free agency, as well bringing in some of the draft's top receiver targets. Alabama’s Calvin Ridley, Maryland’s D.J. Moore and Oklahoma State’s James Washington were brought in for pre-draft visits. Look to see the Cowboys draft a WR in the first 3 rounds.