Earl Thomas threatens holdout if he doesn’t get an extension

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Seahawks safety Earl Thomas has made it clear he wants a contract extension. He trusts the Seahawks will take care of him.

But Thomas also is threatening to hold out if the sides can’t agree.

“I want to finish my career there,” Thomas told ESPN. “I definitely don’t see myself going out there not signed [to an extension]. But I’m going to continue to work my butt off and enjoy this process at the Pro Bowl.

“As far as my future in Seattle, I think if they want me, you know, money talks. We’ll get something accomplished. Other than that, I’m just taking it one day at a time.”

Thomas has one year left on a four-year, $40 million extension he signed after the 2013 season that made him the league’s highest-paid safety. He is scheduled to make $8.5 million in 2018.

He told ESPN he is not aware of any discussions with the Seahawks about an extension.

Thomas created waves in December when he followed Cowboys coach Jason Garrett to the home team’s locker room, urging Garrett to “come get me” if the Seahawks made him available.

43 responses to “Earl Thomas threatens holdout if he doesn’t get an extension

  1. When it comes to which defensive player is most critical for the Seahawks, I would go with Bobby. But Earl is a very close second. I don’t see the Seahawks letting either one get away.

  2. I used to like this guy. I bet he’ll just ask for a high amount of money and when Seattle doesn’t match that, he’ll try to make it look like Seattle didn’t want him so he can bail for dallas.

  3. None of the quotes sounded like a threat to hold out. The Seahawks proved with Kam Chancellor that they won’t cave to a holdout anyway.

  4. Seahawk fan here. If they can get a #1 plus (?) I say let him go. ET did not have a great year. He was great when the LOB was great. Everyone is needed, no one is necessary (except for the QB)

  5. “Seahawk fan here. If they can get a #1 plus (?) I say let him go. ET did not have a great year.”
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    You anticipate a first round pick plus more for an aging veteran who didn’t have a great year? I hope that was all sarcasm.

  6. Dennito says:
    January 26, 2018 at 4:14 pm
    Seahawk fan here. If they can get a #1 plus (?) I say let him go
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    Personally I wouldn’t give up a 1st round pick for him. He’s a good player, but he’s got some injury history. Plus he’s a safety. I don’t think that position is valued as high as other positions that would warrant a 1st round pick. Maybe I’m wrong. Does anyone know if there has been any big name safeties that have been traded recently and what their value was?

  7. We always take care of our guys when they only have one year left on their deal. Kam was different because he had multiple years left when he held out.

  8. He is scheduled to make $8.5 million in 2018.

    Once again that doesn’t tell the whole story. Add in the prorated bonus ($1.9M) and his compensation for 2018 is going to be $10.4M.

  9. The Cowboys will be welcoming Mr. Thomas with open arms. Reminds me of the Charles Haley situation with the 49’ers in 1992, where the Cowboys pulled the trigger and the rest as they say is Super Bowl history.
    Could this be the Cowboys repeating with Destiny, with Thomas being the missing pieces to the secret sauce, like Haley in 1992? Only time will tell.

  10. He’s probably going to want Eric Berry type money. Berry is one year older than Earl and signed a six year contract for $78M with $40M guaranteed and a $20M signing bonus. I’m sure he will want at least what they gave Kam Chancellor–three years for $36M with $13M guaranteed and a $10M signing bonus. I think they would sign him if he wants soemething similar to what Kam got. If he wants Eric Berry money I don’t think they will.

  11. Wow, so they are letting go of Jimmy Graham because they can’t afford him, and need to extend Duane Brown (another potential holdout since he did it last year with the Texans) and re-sign Sheldon Richardson.

    That’s 30-40 million a year average for Richardson and Duane Brown. A net of 20-30 million more then their cap currently states is the cap spent in 2018 since Brown already counts close to $10.

    Now Earl Thomas is threatening a holdout if he’s not taken care of?

    Wow.

    Meanwhile they need to find OL, RB’s, and finding replacements for most of the LoB and their other injured/retiring players like for instance, Avril.

    Bennett thinks he’s gone.

    Oh and Paul Richardson is a free agent. They were light on WR’s before, so basically even more so since Tyler Lockett is a #4 or #5.

    All while trying to integrate an almost all new staff around PC. One that might want to run Wilson more. Thus about 5-10 hits more on him every week.

    Well since all he’ll have now is Baldwin and maybe some rookies to throw to, that’s all they might have. Beware though, it may come at an extreme cost (destroying a franchise QB).

    They might be able to pick up so bargain guys. But they’ll be hampered due to the fact they have no 2nd or 3rd round pick this year. Nor a 2nd next year.

    Seahawks have a tough road ahead.

  12. Exiting will happen for two very big reasons. First and foremost; the Seahawks extend contracts with one year left, if that player is seen as valuable in the next few years. No doubt, that is the case. Second; but of no less important, the Seahawks can extend him and create needed cap space by doing so for 2018. Expect it to be a priority this off season.

  13. Here’s the problem. A player of Thomas’s caliber wants ‘respect’ from his drafted team in the form of a top tier 3rd contract. The Seahawks already got his peak playing years, so they’d be stupid to sign him for what he wants. Instead, Seattle should just call Jerry and say ‘throw us your #19 pick and you can have your centerfielder on defense, and Dallas can pay Thomas what he’s really.

  14. They’ve a rookie safety who will be far cheaper. It’s time to get young again. I was never a fan of Earl. Yes, he attempted to blow up players, failing much of the time and instead hitting his own teammates. If I had a $ for every time Earl Thomas was late getting over in coverage to stop a play that succeeded, like Amendola in the SB, I’d be a rich man. Earl hit hard for his small size, but I never saw him as a playmaker. Earl looked good due to the strength of the defense.

    Who remembers Earl being burned, once again, and allowing Denver’s best receiver get behind him twice in the SB? As it turned out, Peyton Manning’s throws were off the mark. But make no mistake, Earl Thomas, safety, allowed players to get behind him in both SB’s, and the final time cost Seattle. I watched Earl watch Amendola go through the end zone uncovered and he just stood there without moving, until it was too late. I could not believe my eyes. Heck, I could have easily defended that pass that as it turned out, won the SB for NE. ET, all hype….goodbye. Trading Earl to Dallas would be a victory!

  15. whenwilliteverend says:

    He’s probably going to want Eric Berry type money. Berry is one year older than Earl and signed a six year contract for $78M with $40M guaranteed and a $20M signing bonus. I’m sure he will want at least what they gave Kam Chancellor–three years for $36M with $13M guaranteed and a $10M signing bonus. I think they would sign him if he wants soemething similar to what Kam got. If he wants Eric Berry money I don’t think they will.
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    He’s already said he wants Eric Berry money. Berry had a cap charge of only $5 million this year. Thomas’ cap number for 2018 is $10.4 million. So by giving Thomas an “Eric Berry extension” the Seahawks would actually save $5.4 million on the 2018 cap, which they could then spend on oh, I don’t know… Sheldon Richardson? Not to mention he is and remains the best Free Safety in football and is going to the Hall of Fame.

  16. jmc8888 says:
    Wow, so they are letting go of Jimmy Graham because they can’t afford him, and need to extend Duane Brown (another potential holdout since he did it last year with the Texans) and re-sign Sheldon Richardson.

    That’s 30-40 million a year average for Richardson and Duane Brown. A net of 20-30 million more then their cap currently states is the cap spent in 2018 since Brown already counts close to $10.
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    Extending Brown will actually save $4-5 million in cap space. And they are (probably) letting Jimmy Graham go because he doesn’t fit their scheme and they never overpay for players. Not many in Seattle will him. He’s soft. Austin Sefarian Jenkins has already hinted he wants to play for the Seahawks.
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    Now Earl Thomas is threatening a holdout if he’s not taken care of?

    Wow.
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    See above.
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    Meanwhile they need to find OL, RB’s, and finding replacements for most of the LoB and their other injured/retiring players like for instance, Avril.
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    His replacement is named Frank Clark. He’s had 21 sacks in the last 2 years.

    As as the LOB is concerned, Kam will probably not be back but Sherm will be ready for week 1, Earl as I pointed out can be retained for a low cap hit, and Shaquile Griffin, Byron Maxwell, Bradley McDougald and Justin Coleman will probably all be back.

    As to the OL, that’s what draft picks are for, and the Seahawks have 8.
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    Bennett thinks he’s gone.
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    Bennett thinks a lot of things. The cap savings is only $2 million, so I doubt it.
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    Oh and Paul Richardson is a free agent. They were light on WR’s before, so basically even more so since Tyler Lockett is a #4 or #5.

    If somebody wants to overpay for Richardson, they can have him. Marquise Lee has already been mentioned as a replacement. They also have Baldwin, Lockett and Darboh who they really like and want to get more targets.
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    All while trying to integrate an almost all new staff around PC. One that might want to run Wilson more. Thus about 5-10 hits more on him every week.

    Well since all he’ll have now is Baldwin and maybe some rookies to throw to, that’s all they might have. Beware though, it may come at an extreme cost (destroying a franchise QB).
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    That’s your fantasy. Russ will take fewer hits this year, if anything.
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    They might be able to pick up so bargain guys. But they’ll be hampered due to the fact they have no 2nd or 3rd round pick this year. Nor a 2nd next year.

    Seahawks have a tough road ahead.
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    Cutting Lane and Avril will clear $13.4 million in cap space. Extending Earl, Brown and say Bobby Wagner will clear another $12-15 million. The cap is expected to go up by an estimated $13 million or so more.

    So the Seahawks could have about $45 million in cap space and 8 draft picks. Tell me again how that’s a “tough road?”

  17. He’s already said he wants Eric Berry money. Berry had a cap charge of only $5 million this year. Thomas’ cap number for 2018 is $10.4 million. So by giving Thomas an “Eric Berry extension” the Seahawks would actually save $5.4 million on the 2018 cap, which they could then spend on oh, I don’t know… Sheldon Richardson? Not to mention he is and remains the best Free Safety in football and is going to the Hall of Fame.
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    Actually I just ran the numbers. It’s a $3.585 cap savings. Just by cutting Lane, Avril and giving Thomas “Eric Berry money,” the Seahawks will have $31.6 million in cap space.

  18. wow, I do not get serious seahawks fans thinking Earl is not essential to the team. He’s the most important player on that side of the ball – the amount of ground he covers is what allowed Kam to stay in the box. And our D fell apart when he broke his leg in ’16.

    Still one of the very best, if not the best, safeties in football. Don’t think they’ll let him go anywhere – -but it does seem like it’s setting up for a strange/eventful off-season. We’ll see.

  19. Sheesh. This guy is probably only one of the ten best players in the league. For goodness sakes, pay him…find a way. And I loathe the Seahawks…but if you watch enough football you’d know he is still a special player. And besides – there are a lot of craft ways to create cap space.

  20. I doubt that he will get an extension, but I hope he does. Carroll and Schneider have played hard ball with players who wanted to renegotiate or who held out in the past. Their number one priority would be to pursue players who are free agents, whether they are currently on the team’s roster or on another team’s roster.

  21. omeimontis says:
    January 26, 2018 at 9:43 pm
    I doubt that he will get an extension, but I hope he does. Carroll and Schneider have played hard ball with players who wanted to renegotiate or who held out in the past. Their number one priority would be to pursue players who are free agents, whether they are currently on the team’s roster or on another team’s roster.
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    Yes but those were not players in the last year of their contract, which is when they do extensions. That’s their policy. Earl IS in the last year of his contract, and as I demonstrated, they could realize a significant cap savings in extending him.

  22. If he holds out, and Kam Chancellor does not return because of neck injury, there will be no more legion of bust next season because it would be unlikely that Richard Charmin can be ready by the season opener, even if he is not cut by Seattle.

  23. If teams honored the player contracts, then I would expect the players to do the same. The fact that a team can do pretty much whatever they want while a player is under contract leaves the players with no option but to do the same. I hope the Hawks figure out how important he is and get the deal done. If they don’t, then I can’t blame ET for leaving. It’s on the Hawks to get it done.

  24. The last 2 seasons Seattle has faded down the stretch. In 2016 people claimed that it was because Earl Thomas was injured. The team did not do any better in 2017 with him in the lineup. So the head coach and front office blame the assistant coaches, and fired a bunch of them. Who would they blame if the same thing happens again in 2018, and Seattle misses the playoffs again?

  25. Seattle’s Super Bowl winning (with an asterisk because of defensive holding gate) team is almost completely gone. The only starter left on offense is Russell Wilson. The O line is totally new. Both wide receivers and the TE are gone, and the FB and HB are gone. On defense, all the starters on the D line are gone. Michael Bennett was not even a starter on that team. KJ Wright and Bobby Wagner are the only starters left along with Earl Thomas. In all likelihood, Kam Chancellor and Cliff Avril will retire, and Richard Sherman may not be available until November, even if Seattle keeps his 13 million dollar salary and have him for half a season.

    With that much roster turnover and without quality replacements and few draft picks, they will be lucky if they do not finish 6-10 or at best 7-9 next season. People who think that they should have been 12-4 if they had a better kicker than Blair Walsh do not even realize that they did not even have cap space for the kicker they had in that Super Bowl. The new kicker they just signed to a futures contract has an almost identical field goal percentage as Walsh. 2018 is going to be an exciting season for people who like to see Seattle lose. LOL

  26. I think you’re a bit disingenuous with the Berry contract comparison. Yes, his cap hit would result in a savings in year 1, but Berry’s contract had him at $5m year 1 cap hit and his 2nd year cap hit jumped to $13m – they’d just be kicking the can down the road until next year if they signed him to this big deal – plus the other contracts for Richardson and Brown would most likely be the same thing – ok for this coming year but killer contracts come year 2.

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