There has been mutual interest between the Dallas Cowboys and Earl Thomas for quite some time, but the team isn't willing to spend excessively on the safety.

According to a source, there is a strong market for Thomas as a free agent.

Thomas, 29, is dealing with an injury that should require three to four months of recovery, but he should be ready for Week 1.

"I can't imagine we're more than bargain shoppers here," a Cowboys source said.