Earl Thomas skips start of Seahawks workouts

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With all the other exits and storylines surrounding the Seahawks this offseason, the future of Earl Thomas has slid by without much notice. At least until now.

According to Brock Huard of KIRO, the veteran safety was not present for the start of the Seahawks voluntary workouts yesterday, setting an ominous tone for the final year of his contract.

Thomas has been looking for a new deal, and does not appear enthused about the progress of the negotiations, which led to a the talk of a trade.

But in an offseason in which they’ve already said goodbye to Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett and Jimmy Graham, and when they’ll probably never see Kam Chancellor, Cliff Avril, or Malik McDowell on the field again for medical reasons, and when they may or may not be considering a deal with Colin Kaepernick, it’s almost easy to overlook what’s going on with Thomas.

And since these workouts are voluntary, the Seahawks can’t fine him for his absence, but it does send a message. He won’t start piling up fines until or unless he stays away from the mandatory minicamp or training camp.

He has said he wants to stay with the Seahawks beyond this year, when he’s scheduled to make $8.5 million. But he wants some security at a time when the Seahawks are going with a number of younger, cheaper options.

The Seahawks have naturally set a high bar for his value in a potential trade, and obviously no one has met it so far.

32 responses to “Earl Thomas skips start of Seahawks workouts

  1. Here come the Seahawks’ trolls with stories about how (1) all the fans who have filled the stadium since 1976 are bandwagon fans (as if all the other good franchises don’t have tons of bandwagon jackwagons) (looking at you chowdaheads), (2) a team that has been one of the best in the league for a while now was a “one-year dynasty”, and (3) wah, their fans are mean. Whether Earl stays or goes or holds out, y’all are still morons.

  2. cheetasnevaprospa says:
    April 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm
    Here come the Seahawks’ trolls with stories about how (1) all the fans who have filled the stadium since 1976 are bandwagon fans (as if all the other good franchises don’t have tons of bandwagon jackwagons) (looking at you chowdaheads), (2) a team that has been one of the best in the league for a while now was a “one-year dynasty”, and (3) wah, their fans are mean. Whether Earl stays or goes or holds out, y’all are still morons.
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    The fact that you tried so hard on this post and got so worked up is the reason why no one will ever take Seattle “fans” seriously. Richard says: “you mad, bro?”

  3. cheetasnevaprospa says:
    April 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm
    Here come the Seahawks’ trolls with stories about how (1) all the fans who have filled the stadium since 1976 are bandwagon fans (as if all the other good franchises don’t have tons of bandwagon jackwagons) (looking at you chowdaheads), (2) a team that has been one of the best in the league for a while now was a “one-year dynasty”, and (3) wah, their fans are mean. Whether Earl stays or goes or holds out, y’all are still morons.
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    Remember when the Seahawks were the doormat of the AFC West? Good times!!

    PS…takes one to know one.

  4. What’s funny is that the Seahawks are, by any measure, having a bit of a rough offseason and they are in “retool” or “rebuild” mode, yet they will still win somewhere between 7 and 10 games next year, could easily make the playoffs, and will be better than most other teams. So, yeah, it’s good to be a Seahawks fan. Cheers.

  5. Oh boy….Here come the Cowboys trolls, with the …”get er done Jerruh”… As if an aging safety is the key to get them out of mediocrity.

  6. VOLUNTARY “done, given or acting if one’s own free will
    Synonyms: optional, discretionary, elective
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    When my boss says “there is a voluntary training session for the team this Friday” and 99% of the guys show up and I don’t, it doesn’t look good. It really doesn’t look good when I am complaining about how much money I make. Keep in mind, his contract is protected for injury if he is at this camp. It is not protected if he is not there. When players miss these “voluntary camps” they generally aren’t working out very hard because they don’t want to risk getting an injury. This is why holdouts always show up out of shape. They just said on ESPN that as long as he isn’t there, the door is open to trading him. So, fans, like you, shouldn’t be happy about this or justifying it.

  7. Earl could be going to any of 10 teams. This cute little picture of Thomas in Ginger’s arms arms with a baby bottle ain’t happening unless Dallas ponies up a 1 and a 3/4.

  8. Can’t wait to see the Niners get swept again and watch the disappointment of Niner fans when their boy wonder QB turns out to be the next Matt Flynn.

  9. Dallas giving up a 1 and a 3/4. Ha! Keep reading reports pulled out of thin air. Dallas may offer a 2 for him…heck, I’d even give a 2nd and a 6th.

  10. Not showing up to the voluntary workouts is something many veterans do and It does send a message, sometimes. It isn’t the end of the world and let’s see what happens. So relax.

  11. VOLUNTARY “done, given or acting if one’s own free will
    Synonyms: optional, discretionary, elective

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    We know the definition, but when a player under contract does not show it is either to send a message to the team or Seattle doesn’t want him to get hurt during said workouts and diminish his trade value. This is not fake news.

  12. vikings1234 says:
    April 17, 2018 at 2:33 pm
    The Patriots broke the Seahawks in the Super Bowl and the hawks have never recovered.

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    The Vikings are in perpetual ‘recovery’.

  13. contract extension or bust? Seattle has a history of not giving in to holdouts. Thomas should know that. Seattle made the playoffs without him for the final few games in 2016 and they missed the playoffs with him playing to the bitter end. How valuable does Seattle think he is to the team’s success? His public feud with Bobby Wagner playing hurt certainly did not endear him to his coach and GM.

  14. So clearly I’m a Hawk fan , but I’ll try to look at this from a neutral perspective ..

    Mr. Thomas has one year left on his contract and would like an extension . He’s also said he would like to play for the Cowboys but also would prefer to be a Seahawk , a contradictory set of statements . He’s clearly a first ballot HOF player if his career continues to unfold as it has thus far . The Seahawks appear to be losing the foundation of a once lethal defense as they age and their contracts become untenable . The Cowboys just cleared $8.5 million in cap space by releasing Dez Bryant , which if I recall correctly is the same exact amount owed to Mr. Thomas this year .

    The Hawks will demand the Cowboys first pick , number 19 right behind the Seahawks selection at 18 . They will almost certainly also ask for additional compensation , such as lower round draft picks next year , or a player they could use – possibly a defensive lineman . The Cowboys must first feel confidant they can secure Thomas’services for a few years with an extension . And they sorely need safety help ..

    All signs point to a draft day trade . That doesn’t mean it’ll happen ; front offices and owners need to buy in ( Paul Allen will let Carroll run the show but Jerry Jones ABSOLUTELY has to say yes first ) . There’s a lot of maybes , but I’d say it’s 70 % probable the Cowboys wind up with Earl Thomas . That has to terrify the rest of their division .

    Ok , I’m done being neutral now – Go Hawks !!

  15. I was never in on Thomas. He generally arrived late on tackles, only to hit his own teammates. His performance in 2 Super Bowl’s stunk. I say dump his salary and trade Thomas for whatever you can get. As for a HOF player I don’t see it. Thomas was ONLY 1 man of a once dominant defense. I’d give much more credit to Kam Chancellor, and it’s a darn shame that it appears Kam can no longer play due to injury. My opinion.

  16. Dallas has a top 10 defense without Thomas. Let the guy come home WHERE HE WANTS TO BE! Jerry NO longer runs the show It Is Stephen. No way in HECK we are giving our FIRST for a 29 year old S. Our second and a fifth.
    Cowboys had a winning record with No Zeke with No LT and with basically No Dez…. How Do You Like Us NOW!!!!!!!!!!
    An Outstanding offseason in FA and (speaking of adding with subtraction ….. NO MORE DEZ!!!!! THANK GOODNESS!

  17. Dallas has pick 19, 50, and 81 in first 3 rounds this coming draft. Seahawks will give them 18, and Earl Thomas for them. Seattle will undoubtedly be trading down, so Dallas not only gets Earl, but protects themselves from some team coming up to take someone they wanted to get. Win/ Win.

    I hope it doesn’t happen as Earl would be a huge loss for the Seahawks. But this business is what it is, so if Earl is not happy and they can get a few quality picks, they just might do it. I hate to think that there looks to be potential of no extension, no trade and then being forced to use the franchise tag next off season. That isn’t good for anyone.

  18. Dallas has pick 19, 50, and 81 in first 3 rounds this coming draft. Seahawks will give them 18, and Earl Thomas for them

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    The Seahawks want a first and a third or fourth for Earl by himself. If you think they are going to swap first round picks, giving the Cowboys the better pic, and then give up Earl for a couple of later pics you are out of your mind.

    Just no.

  19. vikings1234 says:
    April 17, 2018 at 2:33 pm
    The Patriots broke the Seahawks in the Super Bowl and the hawks have never recovered.
    +++
    Didn’t Seattle make the playoffs the next year?

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