Thompson was brought in along with former Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro to help fill the void left by starting strong safety Johnathan Cyprien, who was lost for the season with an ACL tear. An undrafted free agent in 2017, the Utah product was cut by the Patriots prior to the regular season, then worked on practice squads with the Bears and Seahawks throughout the season. Vaccaro figures to have the upper hand heading into competition, but Thompson will look to impress while in camp.
Thompson was released by the Cowboys on Friday. Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com reports.
The second-year safety has already been given a look by four different organizations in his career without suiting up for a regular-season game. Expect Thompson to latch on somewhere else fairly quickly given his athletic upside, even if he's unlikely to escape the practice squad in 2018.
Thompson signed with the Cowboys on Thursday, The Dallas Morning News reports.
He flashed elite-level athleticism at Utah's Pro Day last year, but a college career that saw Thompson bounce between positions and schools did little to help his skill development, and his brief pro career has followed a similar pattern -- after signing as an undrafted free agent with the Patriots, he was cut at the end of the preseason and spent time with the Seahawks' and Bears' practice squads in 2017. If he does crack the Cowboys' game-day roster at some point, expect him to be limited to special-teams duty.
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