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Report: Seahawks reach a big deal with Earl Thomas

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Last week, it sounded like things were close between the Seahawks and cornerback Richard Sherman on a new deal, which may not have been as close as it sounded.

Now, another member of their secondary has beaten him to the bank.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Seahawks have locked up star safety Earl Thomas to a long-term contract.

The deal is said to make him the highest paid safety in the game.

A deal with Sherman could happen as well, as the Seahawks begin paying off all that cheap young talent they accumulated.

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87 Responses to “Report: Seahawks reach a big deal with Earl Thomas”
  1. tommymomoney says: Apr 28, 2014 4:59 PM

    Best safety in the league.

  2. grimreaper12 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:00 PM

    rich mans devin mccourty.

  3. mathomp3 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:00 PM

    Earned every penny

  4. phillyguyindc says: Apr 28, 2014 5:00 PM

    The safeties are the real key to that defense.

    Yes, I’m still bitter the eagles didn’t draft him when they had the chance.

  5. seahawksteven777 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:00 PM

    Best safety in the NFL.

  6. eaglesnoles05 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:01 PM

    In other, much more depressing news, the Eagles drafted Brandon Graham and Nate Allen…

  7. chawk12thman says: Apr 28, 2014 5:01 PM

    Sweet!

  8. nybairn says: Apr 28, 2014 5:01 PM

    Good day for Seattle. Clear blue skies and Earl signs. Happy Days ! !.

  9. thepftpoet says: Apr 28, 2014 5:02 PM

    The second best safety in the league.

    Harrison Smith is easily the best.

  10. unbridledsexy says: Apr 28, 2014 5:03 PM

    He deserves it. Time to pay Sherman then Wilson. Draft well and the Hawks can be a huge contender year in and year out for a while.

  11. timcast12 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:03 PM

    They won’t be able to keep everyone

  12. tahnoonzee says: Apr 28, 2014 5:04 PM

    Eric Weddle

  13. slugbaitspace says: Apr 28, 2014 5:04 PM

    He’s the heart and soul of the ‘hawks defense, good move to lock him in regardless if he’s the highest paid safety.

  14. w3ndy4sp3n says: Apr 28, 2014 5:05 PM

    best FS in the league. with kam already locked up, next stop richard sherman…

  15. mclovin07 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:05 PM

    I’m a Vikings fan. That said I was hoping at some point Thomas wud hit FA and end up in Minnesota. Guys a total stud….

  16. veence69 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:05 PM

    Not so fast, Sherm..

  17. baytownbombers says: Apr 28, 2014 5:06 PM

    Great Safety, Great Character.

  18. daburgher says: Apr 28, 2014 5:07 PM

    This dude is a beast and the best player in that secondary by a margin.. good for him

  19. golforepar says: Apr 28, 2014 5:07 PM

    As small as he is, injuries will be a concern in the near future.

  20. Go-Hawks! says: Apr 28, 2014 5:07 PM

    Earl Thomas is all focus! So glad we have him long term. #29!

    Go Hawks!

  21. beerndrums says: Apr 28, 2014 5:08 PM

    The cheaters in NE are like WTF?
    They did it the right way
    WTF?

  22. jh500 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:08 PM

    this kid deserves more credit than sherman

  23. kylexitron says: Apr 28, 2014 5:08 PM

    Few players are worth being paid top dollar at their spot. ET is one of them.

    Love how a lot of teams don’t value the position, and think if you have an old corner who’s lost a step…aw just stick him out at safety!

    Thomas + Chancellor = makes the defense work.

  24. tolan04 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:08 PM

    Byrd will want to re-structure his contract after hearing this.

  25. skinsfan91 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:08 PM

    Seahawks gonna get worse when they have to pay all his young talent he lucked up on.

  26. jbeagles23 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:09 PM

    I am also a bitter eagles fan but he did earn it. Dude is the best player by far on that defence.

  27. freddypatsfan says: Apr 28, 2014 5:09 PM

    Seahawk fans will realize how hard it is to be Elite for a long time when you have to resign Sherman and Wilson too. While paying for Harvin aswell

  28. dalcow4 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:10 PM

    Better signing than Sherman would have been.

  29. raymondtx says: Apr 28, 2014 5:11 PM

    Fallout from winning super bowl…they will be falling back to the pack this year or 2 now that they have to pay everyone.

  30. ak18346 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:11 PM

    Richard come on over the Carolina Panthers would love to have you. GO PANTHERS!

  31. dvdman123 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:11 PM

    3 players (Sherman,Thomas and Wilson)will account for at least 35 percent of their salary cap when all is said and done. That my fellow posters is not an ingredient for long term success.

  32. operwapitsai says: Apr 28, 2014 5:13 PM

    lol you can’t have a `dynasty’ by making all your players the highest paid at their position. This team will be good for a few seasons before they crumble under the cap just like every other dominant team in this era of football

  33. whosgotitbetterthanruss says: Apr 28, 2014 5:14 PM

    Can you say #DYNASTY?

    #ABOVEREPROACH
    #DYNASTY
    #REPETE

  34. joefelicelli says: Apr 28, 2014 5:15 PM

    So begins the reckoning that accompanies going from one of the youngest teams in the league to a veteran squad. Sherman and Thomas will eat a bunch of cap space, and Russell Wilson comes up for his negotiating window after the 2014 season. Teams in today’s NFL are going to struggle to compete every year, so they will either keep rebuilding around the core players, or repeatedly starting over like the Hawks did a few years ago. General managers have to be a lot more savvy in this new way of doing things, and will more than earn their salary if they can compete annually for the playoffs and championships.

  35. turbolove says: Apr 28, 2014 5:15 PM

    Thanks for the reminder Eagles fan. I remember when Phili traded up in the first round that year and totally thought they’d take Thomas. They passed on him and Hawks took him right after and Seattle has been happy ever since.

  36. spliff219 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:16 PM

    Dude Really. Your comparing Earl Thomas to Harrison Smith. Im a Irish fan to the core but get real. This guy is the best safety in the game and its not even close

  37. nirvana504 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:16 PM

    Let the drop off begin.

  38. weepingjebus says: Apr 28, 2014 5:18 PM

    Now if only they could play Peyton Manning every game for an entire season. Would 50 ints and 20 safeties be in the cards?

  39. beastmode5150 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:19 PM

    STUD and last guy that will let money get to his head. He will improve still. Go hawks.

  40. heisthejuan says: Apr 28, 2014 5:20 PM

    Beginning of the end. Carroll has been away from the college game for a few years and all of their young studs need to get paid. At least they got the ring out of it.

  41. macdaddyspeed says: Apr 28, 2014 5:20 PM

    Your teams cannot beat the Seahawks so your last hope is that the salary cap can do the deed for you. At least you have that hope.

  42. trollaikman8 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:20 PM

    This guy is playing with cheat codes.
    Easily the best FS in the game.

  43. rrthomasxyz says: Apr 28, 2014 5:21 PM

    Thomas negotiated his contract the right way-confidentially between the 2 parties with the appearance of a team player. Richard should have adopted that approach.

  44. thegrigga49 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:22 PM

    Can’t wait to see them finish last inthe NFC west this year.

  45. thegrigga49 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:23 PM

    Eric Reid is already better then Earl….haha suck that Hawk fans!!!!!

  46. seahawksbmx says: Apr 28, 2014 5:24 PM

    I was so stoked when the Eagles passed on ET at 13 in the 2010 Draft, knowing the ‘Hawks would grab him with the next pick. That was just based on him as a player, but now that I’ve had the privilege of seeing what a quality person he is as well, this is awesome news. He is vital to this defense and has definitely earned his big payday.

  47. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 28, 2014 5:25 PM

    Thomas was making over $4 million per year on his rookie deal. That isn’t cheap. Probably close to average wage for starting safeties in the league.

  48. floridahawker says: Apr 28, 2014 5:26 PM

    Worth ever cent. So happy we got him locked up. #gohawks

  49. allidoiswin55 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:27 PM

    But but the Seahawks can’t sign all these guys . With the cap increasing yearly and expecting a big increase after the season bc of new tv deals the Seahawks have done well already working in Sherman which will get done . And can’t even give Russell a raise until after the season or the next when he becomes a free agent . The Seahawks are just fine and will continue to draft for need and develop those players in areas that can be cheaper options then mega free agent deals .

    The Seahawks draft and develop the best in football right now . Yes indeed they will lose some key contributors but are banking on being able to find gold in the draft and continue to drafty to their team needs . Welcome to BOOM TOWN ..

  50. Eutaw's Finest says: Apr 28, 2014 5:28 PM

    As any fan of a recent SB team can tell you Seahawks fans, you may not regress in the first year post-SB but once you start locking up big names… Then you become very tight in the cap… Then your talented rookies come to the end if their contracts… Then you have to choose between your vet studs and young talent… Then your talented coordinators all head for HC jobs…It’s hard to stay on top for long.

  51. jbaxt says: Apr 28, 2014 5:28 PM

    He’s the best free safety, Eric Berry is the best strong safety.

  52. dylude says: Apr 28, 2014 5:29 PM

    Achievement!
    Orange, TX stand up!

  53. heisthejuan says: Apr 28, 2014 5:29 PM

    macdaddyspeed says: Apr 28, 2014 5:20 PM

    Your teams cannot beat the Seahawks so your last hope is that the salary cap can do the deed for you. At least you have that hope.

    =====================================

    Yup. You just stumbled on to why the salary cap was created. Thanks for catching up.

  54. hawksfan99 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:30 PM

    I love how all of you say this will hurt the hawks because were giving money to one guy but if we didn’t resign him people will say the same thing… People are just mad rofl

  55. skoldier612 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:32 PM

    Thomas should defiantly get his before Richard gets a cent. Richard should give Thomas half of what he gets because Richard is nothing without his safety.

  56. golforepar says: Apr 28, 2014 5:34 PM

    Finally win 1 and now the dynasty talks start lmao!! Put the bong down!

  57. bullcharger says: Apr 28, 2014 5:35 PM

    Super Bowl winning teams are the most impacted by the salary cap. This guy is a great player and worth the money, but his expecations were higher after winning the Super Bowl. So were many other players on the team I am sure. That’s part of why it’s so hard to repeat.

    The Seahawks are set up to have another great year, but it get’s harder after that.

    Look what happened to Green Bay. Won the Super Bowl in 2010. Had the best team in the league in 2011 and almost went undefeated. Lost in the playoffs to the Giants, and then really have been mediocre since.

    It’s hard to keep a team together with injuries, salary and age to consider.

    The Seahawks have their best shot this year.

  58. stuckthefeelers says: Apr 28, 2014 5:35 PM

    Can’t even touch ed reed in his prime

  59. factman1000 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:37 PM

    They can afford to pay these guys so much because their QB is still on his rookie contract.

  60. chawk12thman says: Apr 28, 2014 5:39 PM

    Everybody understands that the Cap System keeps teams from having significant number of Veteran players who are dominant in their respective positions……However, the Seahawks are very young and still have about 3-5 years before having to “rebuild” and they have the cap space in future years to push that “rebuilding” time period back.

    The Seahawks are in great shape for the near future and after Sherman is signed, will look to get Baldwin signed to a reasonable contract for the next few years. Then onto the draft.

    Russell Wilson is likely to be due a huge payday when his contract is eligible to be negotiated, but that is a year away. It really will be huge should he take the Seahawks to the next Super Bowl. I would love to be his agent then.

    Go Hawks!

  61. jbeagles23 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:41 PM

    If anyone should be concerned its chiefs fans knowing Reid passed on him. Reid and the draft don’t go hand in hand and he won’t relinquish any control

  62. Smarterthanyou says: Apr 28, 2014 5:42 PM

    Eric Berry is the best safety in the game. BUT, Sherman is the best CB, hands down

    In 2 years, KC will be just as dominant as seattle is now.

  63. dirtdawg54 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:42 PM

    Hawks fans should feel very happy – and they should also understand there is no magic sauce here. You sign big name players to big contracts and slip lower in the draft and you start to lose your ability to nimbly manage your cap.

    You don’t think so? Well, what do you think the Steelers and their fans were saying when they signed all their big names – Polamalu, Brown, Woodley, Timmins, Big Ben, et al? All the same things Hawks fans are saying now. And what was everyone else saying? Yep, everything everyone else is saying now.

    I don’t say this because I’m a “hater”. I say it because it’s the reality of a cap driven league. Sherman has said he wants a contract that respects him. That means “sign me to the richest, or one of the richest, contracts ever for a CB”. When you add his $10 million+ a year contract to Wilson’s re-up at $16 million (or more) and Thomas’ ($8 million or so – guessing on that), you are looking at $30 to $40 million a year on 3 guys.

  64. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:44 PM

    smart franchise.

  65. goldrush36 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:50 PM

    Hands down the best safety in the NFL and the guy that really makes that secondary go.

    – Niners fan

  66. praetorian12 says: Apr 28, 2014 6:00 PM

    WORTH. EVERY. PENNY.

    Kam’s done. Earl’s done. Sherman is next. RW3 next year. And draft, draft draft, to replace the Red Bryants, Golden Tates, Walter Thurmonds and Brenno G’s of the world. Let other teams overpay those guys.

  67. luca0135 says: Apr 28, 2014 6:22 PM

    Great deal! We get him for a little less than Byrd! In my mind at least…

    Byrd: $45M/2014-2018
    ($54M minus $9M for 2019)

    Thomas: $44.6M/2014-2018
    ($4.6M/2014 + $40M/2015-2018)

  68. arothmeelerbucs4me49 says: Apr 28, 2014 6:23 PM

    keep talking smak about dynasty. an you spell “salary cap?”

  69. snoqualmkanem says: Apr 28, 2014 6:25 PM

    Front load the contracts of Earl and Richard, have Russell’s slowly increase over the years.

    Bunch of other ways to work a contract inside the numbers.

  70. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Apr 28, 2014 6:27 PM

    This is what distinguishes the Seattle Seahawks from those Keystone Kops of football organizations such as the Minnesota Vikings.

  71. seaeagle707 says: Apr 28, 2014 6:40 PM

    Love how all of the “keyboard experts”, fancy themselves to be smarter than Pete and John. Our HC and GM, get paid millions themselves, because they DO know what they’re doing, and have shown conclusively that their prowess wins championships. (Div. Title, Conf. Title, NFL Championship.) I understand it that the haters want the Hawks to fail, but even if we don’t win another SB, we are going to be the same “in-your-face” hard-hitters you saw last season, for this and every season moving forward.

  72. cjweber5187 says: Apr 28, 2014 6:49 PM

    I know that some of these Seahawks players are top 5 at their posotions, but if they want to start a dynasty, they can’t all be taking these kind of deals. Earl Thomas is great, but a contract averaging $10mil a year for a safety?

  73. ron69 says: Apr 28, 2014 6:51 PM

    Smile while you can but let me remind you that have to prepare for life without Kancellor and Lynch and probably Wagner, It won’t be pretty.

  74. lionsdraftguy says: Apr 28, 2014 7:42 PM

    I remember the 2010 draft and when the Lions picked Suh and then the Seahawks took Thomas, I remember thinking that sometime Im gonna look back thinking the Lions should have taken Earl Thomas. As much as I like Suh, I think Earl Thomas has been the more impact player.

    Best safety in the league.

  75. tjohn25 says: Apr 28, 2014 8:07 PM

    Him, Sherman, and Wilson will be making $45 mil/year combined by next season….

  76. iamdinguskhan says: Apr 28, 2014 8:15 PM

    Cudos to Earl and the Seahawks great move. Not a fan but you got to respect the direction Seahawks are going in. Very smart!

  77. seahawkboymike says: Apr 28, 2014 8:33 PM

    Other team’s fantasy:

    “They won’t be able to keep everyone”

    “Seahawks gonna get worse when they have to pay all his young talent he lucked up on.”

    “Seahawk fans will realize how hard it is to be Elite for a long time when you have to resign Sherman and Wilson too. While paying for Harvin as well”

    “Fallout from winning super bowl…they will be falling back to the pack this year or 2 now that they have to pay everyone.”

    Blah blah blah…

    REALITY: Now those poor desperate Seahawks only have $43 million in cap space for 2015 to sign Wilson, Sherman, Okung, and anybody else they see fit to extend. The reality is they can keep this team together as long as they want, and they’ll be contenders if not dominant for at least 5 years.

    All you guys seem to think that just because the Ravens screwed up their cap situation the Seahawks will too. Wrong.

  78. seahawkboymike says: Apr 28, 2014 8:35 PM

    Oh and PS – Harvin’s biggest cap year is 2014. After that his deal becomes smaller and smaller and the Seahawks can cut him for bigger cap savings every year.

  79. louiedogg16 says: Apr 28, 2014 8:43 PM

    Word on the street is 4 years $40 mil 26.5 guaranteed, tacked onto his current contract.

  80. dfwhawkguy says: Apr 28, 2014 9:02 PM

    #dynasty

  81. tqaztec says: Apr 28, 2014 9:24 PM

    Looks like the 12th man is gonna need a 2nd job to support this year’s #dynasty

  82. rainponcho87 says: Apr 28, 2014 9:59 PM

    remember how Taylor Mays was upset Pete Caroll picked Earl Thomas over him. Wow what different directions their pro careers have gone.

  83. johngaltwho says: Apr 28, 2014 11:03 PM

    Seahawks have one more year. Enjoy it Hawks fans. Winter is coming.

  84. jayovalentine says: Apr 28, 2014 11:22 PM

    Him & Kam run that D. They should resign Sherman too. But I would still wait to pay Wilson until his contract ends.

  85. sfniners4life says: Apr 29, 2014 12:23 AM

    Much respect for Thomas. Deserves it and he what allows Sherman to shine along with the pass rush. Thomas and berry are the best 2 safety’s in the league so he defiantly deserves it.

  86. clintblairjr says: Apr 29, 2014 2:11 AM

    Got to pay the man who makes others look good #Richard Sherman

  87. yourmomcalled says: Apr 29, 2014 11:51 PM

    Kc will be as dominant?? After that ultra-choke in the playoffs?? Get real. So happy to see ET locked up before Sherm…ET is the best on the field, and no controversy off of it.

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