• July 8, 2021

Cowboys’ Dallas Thomas says he was not traded to Eagles

Dallas Thomas said Thursday that he wasn’t traded to the Eagles.

The Cowboys cornerback said he wanted to come back to the NFL after his contract expired and he wants to be a part of the team that drafted him.

Thomas has spent the last four years as the backup to cornerback Morris Claiborne.

He had started all eight games of the Cowboys’ 2015 season before being released in February.

A contract with the Eagles expires at the end of the season.

He said he wants more playing time and said he is “very excited” to return to the Cowboys.

Thomas had been a key part of a defensive corps that allowed the NFL’s fourth-most touchdowns (18) and second-most interceptions (nine) last season.

He also had two interceptions in the playoffs.

Thomas said he wasn`t surprised the Cowboys chose him with the No. 6 overall pick.

He said the team felt confident in him and he is a good fit.

“We wanted a player who could be a leader and be part of that group,” Thomas said.

“We thought that the way he played, the way his leadership and his toughness, he was a good guy, and we thought we had a player that could do that.”

We are excited to get back to work and get back out there on the field and make plays for our team.

“Thomas is the first cornerback drafted in the 2017 NFL draft after Morris Claaborne was released.

In a tweet, the Eagles said Thomas is “a free agent” and will have an opportunity to negotiate a new contract.

Thomas played in 13 games in 2015 and recorded two interceptions.