Report: Earl Thomas in Seahawks’ plans for 2018

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The Seahawks plan to keep safety Earl Thomas, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.

Thomas’ future became a question after he told Cowboys coach Jason Garrett to “come get me” after their Christmas Eve game and then threatened to holdout without a new deal. But it appears the Seahawks have no plans to trade or release Thomas, which would save $8.5 million against the salary cap.

Instead, Thomas could get a new deal.

General Manager John Schneider said at the NFL Scouting Combine that he met with Thomas’ representatives in Indianapolis.

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.

20 responses to “Report: Earl Thomas in Seahawks’ plans for 2018

  1. Him and Bobby Wagner. As talented as the rest of the defense is, they are the only two indispensable guys. Take a look at the team’s record, or PPG allowed, when one or both of them is out of the lineup. It is wild how much the team depends on those two guys.

    I love Kam and Sherm, but they are just highly-priced sentiments at this point. Bennett too. Replacements will almost surely be a dropoff, but the extra money will go a long way to rounding out depth. Loved seeing them play, sad to see them go, wish them the best of luck, but it’s time to move on.

  2. You don’t move HOF like Earl. He’s still young. You keep cornerstones like Earl, Russ, Bobby Wagner, Baldwin, and Duane Brown. The rest of the veteran players are all up for sale for the right price.

  3. I use to really like this guy. In the last couple seasons he has really become a diva and loves the attention. His play is slipping and his “voice” is much too loud.

  4. It makes too much sense to keep him around and extend him. Clears up cap space, the dropoff after him in talent is huge, and there’s no way you can hope to compete if you completely dismantle your D for projects and young guys that may or may not pan out.

  5. Both Wagner and Thomas were in the lineup late last season, but Kam Chancellor was not and Seattle missed the playoffs. The 12th may not realize how important Chancellor is. He is the “boom” that gives the Legion of Boom its name, because of the way he hit receivers. Without the boom, the Seattle secondary becomes the Legion of Fluff or Legion of Bust.

  6. omeimontis says:
    March 6, 2018 at 1:55 am
    I hope they extend him for a few more years. LOL

    I do too! Earl = best safety in the league. Extending him to free up cap space for this year is the smart play. Get it done Schneider.

  7. andreboy1 says:
    Enjoy third place next year, Earl.

    I’m sure seahawkboymike will enjoy watching that D get destroyed next year
    Why? Because malcontent race-baiter Bennett is gone? Not happening. The Seahawks had 5 Pro Bowlers on defense miss 35 games last year (none of them Bennett) and still finished 13th in defense. They were number-1 before Chancellor and Sherman went out & Thomas missed multiple games and played hurt the rest of the year. They’ll easily be top-5 again next year without Avril and Bennett. Chancellor says he’s playing.
    stoptrippn says:
    HEs a step slower.

    No, actually he’s not. And when he does lose a step, he’ll still be the fastest safety in NFL by a wide margin.

  8. He has also threatened to hold out if he is not extended. That means he does not want an injury to end his career, since this is the last year of his contract.

  9. omeimontis says:

    March 6, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    He has also threatened to hold out if he is not extended. That means he does not want an injury to end his career, since this is the last year of his contract.
    You of all people should know the history of Seahawks attempting a holdout since you follow the Seahawks so closely. The Seahawks play hard ball with players attempting a hold out. We do not give in and give them more money. Earl is gonna get extended and he will end his career with the Seahawks in a few years.

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