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Report: Cowboys upped offer for Earl Thomas to 2nd-round pick

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The Dallas Cowboys upped their trade offer for Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas from a third-round pick to a second over the past week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

But despite the Cowboys’ increased proposal, the Seahawks still weren’t interested and were seeking more in return for the All-Pro safety.

This report comes on the heels of NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reporting that the Cowboys were still interested in trading for Thomas, but were only willing to include a third-round pick in any deal. Meanwhile, The Seahawks reportedly wanted a second-rounder “and change” in exchange for Thomas.

Thomas held out during the offseason due to his contract situation. He made it clear that if the Seahawks weren’t interested in extending his expiring contract, he wanted a trade away from Seattle. He has previously made known his preference for the Cowboys, who have been linked in trade talks with him all offseason.

But after talk of Thomas possibly taking his holdout into the regular season, he has finally decided to report to the Seahawks on Wednesday. The Seahawks’ continued unwillingness to trade him away, even with the Cowboys upping their offer to a second-round pick, may have influenced his decision to show up and play out the final year of his deal.

As for the Cowboys, the fact that the Seahawks rebuffed their improved offer could potentially spell the end of their chase for Thomas once and for all. Xavier Woods, Jeff Heath, and Kavon Frazier are expected to be the Cowboys’ primary options at the safety spots this season.