Rumor: Cowboys target Thomas, trying to move up

The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat mentions in a blog post that the buzz in the Bay Area is that the Cowboys are talking trade with the San Francisco 49ers.

The target for is Texas' Earl Thomas, a playmaking safety who would be a perfect fit for the Cowboys. The question: Is Thomas worth what it would take to move up to No. 13 overall?

The Press-Democrat speculates that the deal could get done if the Cowboys give up their top three picks (Nos. 27, 59 and 90). That's a steep price to pay, considering the Cowboys have a significant need for quality offensive line depth among other things.

But Thomas could be an instant impact player. The only thing keeping the Cowboys' defense from being dominant is a lack of turnovers. Thomas had 10 picks and five fumble recoveries in two seasons at Texas.

It's a steep price to pay, but the Cowboys are in win-now mode. Moving up for Thomas makes sense for a franchise determined to play a Super Bowl in its own $1.2 billion stadium this winter.

UPDATE: Someone in the know pretty much shot down the rumor, responding with amusement when told about that and saying he didn't see the Cowboys making such a deal.