Extension nets Earl Thomas $40 million over four years


There’s a new highest-paid safety in the NFL.

PFT has confirmed Ian Rapoport of NFL Network’s report that Earl Thomas agreed to a four-year, $40 million extension — a five-year, $44.75 million deal with his 2014 salary included — with the Seahawks on Monday. Rapoport also reported that $27.775 million of that $40 million is guaranteed. Saints safety Jairus Byrd and Chiefs safety Eric Berry are next on the list when it comes to base salaries and Byrd got a bit less guaranteed money when he signed with New Orleans.

For all intents and purposes, it also makes him the best-paid defensive back on a multi-year deal. Darrelle Revis’ package with the Patriots has multiple years, but there aren’t many who expect Revis to be with the Patriots on the same deal for the 2015 season.

That won’t be the case with Thomas, who is set up to be a starter in Seattle through 2018 thanks to this deal. If those years are anything like the ones Thomas has already turned in for the Seahawks, he’ll be one of the best players in franchise history when his career comes to a close.

With Thomas signed, attention will shift to how long cornerback Richard Sherman will join him in the secondary. Sherman is likely next up on the Seahawks’ extension list as he enters the final year of his rookie deal.

90 responses to “Extension nets Earl Thomas $40 million over four years

  1. Seattle is gonna have a rude awakening when Sherman and Wilson get theirs too. Then they will have to have more perfect drafts which are never guaranteed

  2. Going to be tough paying that much for their secondary, even though they’ve both proven they are worth it. Doesn’t leave enough for the rest of the guys that will also command big bucks…soon

  3. Oy vey! Looks like the Seahawks are going to remain one of the major forces in the NFC for years.

    Glad they are out of the AFC West.

  4. The pick used to take Thomas was acquired from the Broncos, who received Seattle’s second rounder the previous season so they could draft FORMER NFL player Alphonso Smith.

  5. Well done, Carroll and Schneider. Earl Thomas is the core that all of the excellent players on the Legion of Boom revolve around.

    ETIII’s “Life in Orange” blog is such a great inside look into his life, his play and his heart. Stand-up guy whose jersey I was proud to buy for my son to wear. Very happy he will be a Hawk for a long time to come!

  6. With the salary cap going up every year, the Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas deals will look like bargains as early as next year.

  7. He deserves it as the best safety in the league. However the salary cap looks like it will soon catch up to the Seahawks. They’ve benefitted from having a lot of young studs that came cheap, which allowed them to have probably the deepest roster on the team. Now that they have to pay these guys big money, it will get harder and harder to keep all that talent. Russell Wilson’s new contract looms in the future as well

  8. That has to make Sherman anxious/excited. Anxious because Seattle will have to pay him more than that. Excited because someone will pay him more than that.

  9. Awesome. He’s earned it and worth it. Sherman’s a stud, but Earl Thomas is the cornerstone of that secondary, so I’m glad they got him extended.

  10. Worth every penny. Sherman gets all the attention and while yes he is a great player, Earl is what makes that defense work as effectively as it has.

  11. It probably didn’t hurt his standing any to have Richard Sherman, arguably the best CB in the league, refer to Earl as being deserving of the award as “Best Defensive Player of the Year”. So much defensive brilliance on one team! Now that’s scary!

    Congrats to Earl.

  12. Wouldn’t be surprised if they wrapped up Sherman’s contract by the end of the week.

  13. I’ll never forgive Andy for not drafting this guy. Screw you Andy, Joe and Howie. We picked a player not even half as good as EArl and let Seattle get arguably the best safety in the league. We’re stuck with below average out of position OLB and a glaring hole at safety. The curse of Brian Dawkins is real!!!

  14. Now it will be interesting to see what happens with Sherman. He undoubtedly will want to be the highest paid corner but I’m interested to see if the Hawks can/will pay him that much. Wilson seems like the only one of the three that might possibly settle for less to help keep the team together. Guess we’ll see.

  15. Awesome. Lets get Bobby, DangeRuss, and Sherm locked up and find a few good young o-linemen and be a special team for years to come.

    I think we could also use a punt returner.

  16. No doubt the best player at his position and in terms of years its not a bad deal but its way to much money for a safety, I don’t care how good he is.

    The seahawks are going to run into problems and have to be a very bad team if they are planning on keeping all 3 all pro defensive backs and have to pay Wilson at the same time. You simply can’t have two ten million dollar players in the defensive back field.

    Still a great player who probably does deserve to be payed as he is. The seahawks are going to be example of why when you draft as well as they have in a 3 year period it can come back to bite when it comes to second contracts. Seeing as how they did win at least one superbowl I guess that’s not the worst problem to have

  17. Looks like the Seattle front office (as well as the rest of the league and its fans) “respects” Thomas more than Sherman… shocker

  18. Who was the safety at USC that said he would make Pete Carroll pay for drafting Thomas instead of him? I don’t even know if that bum is still in the league & Thomas is the highest paid safety in the league.

  19. Pete Carroll is irratating, but nobody’s fool. He kno that Richard Sherman is nothing but ordinary, if Earl Thomas wasn’t covering his ass for all the mistakes, and the times he gets beat being a hot dog. Shrman knows it too, that’s why his mouth keeps trying to convince the world, that he is Deon Sanders.

  20. I love it, Earl Thomas has been the best safety in football since his 2nd year. He is only turning 25 years old next month so getting him locked up was key to our secondary.

    Funny how fans of other teams think their knowledge compares to that of John Scheider who just won a Super Bowl with the youngest roster ever. Yeah I think us Seattle fans trust him more than you arm chair GM who think every player is overpaid. Go Hawks!

  21. When Sherman can follow the other teams best receiver all over the field, like the best corners do, then he can get paid like them.

    Until then he deserves no more than than half of what they make.

    Sherman is over rated.

  22. Guy’s looking like a young Ed Reed. I know the Eagles are sick because it was widely held in that draft that was who they wanted. Instead, they ended up with the great Nate Allen, lol.

  23. Too funny listening to the haters who think that they are:
    1. Experts in contract negotiations
    2. Experts on the Salary Cap
    3. Experts on how Sherman should play his position

    Seattle’s front office knows far better what they are doing than you do.

    Get over it. Best at their positions Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor.

    Best combination of owner, manager and coach. Paul Allen, John Schneider, Pete Carroll.
    Sorry I don’t see any of the PFT posters listed as part of Seahawks management so you probably don’t have any idea how to structure a contract or how football should be played.

  24. can we please hurry and give russell 25mil a year and sherman 18 mil per year, then give beastmode 15 mil per year. dont forget maxwell’s 14 million per year.

  25. “Seattle is gonna have a rude awakening when Sherman and Wilson get theirs too. Then they will have to have more perfect drafts which are never guaranteed”

    Yeah not really. Seahawks have $43 million in cap space for 2015, more than enough to sign Wilson, Sherman, Okung, Wright, Wagner, basically anybody they see fit to extend.

  26. The problem of having young players playing so well that they will demand high salaries at the end of their contracts is a problem every team wants.

    Teams want their draft picks to play above their salaries.

    Smart teams are having these players sign contracts for multiple years knowing that the salary cap will rise in the future and the percentage hit to the cap will be less than what it seems at present.

  27. Hey Seattle fans quit talking like you guys won 10 super bowls. You have one title your not the Steelers, Packers, Patriots, 49ers, or Ravens for that matter. You have one title congrats at that.

  28. He’s not better than Ed Reed. Ed Reed did it for a lot of years. Only time will tell. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet. He potentially can be. But he’s got a ways to go to surpass him as the best safety.

  29. Seahawks and their fans went from being lovable underdogs to arrogant and pompous in all of two seasons. It starts from the top…Pete Carroll is a classless clown who encourages his players to showboat and act like jerks. He may be a good coach and they may be a good team, but show some humility and class.

  30. Hey Tim…the Seattle Seahawks are CURRENTLY the world champions. They destroyed their SB opponent just a couple months ago. Deal with it and quit crying like you are jealous.

  31. Humility and class…like JerryTown? *eyes Rollin’*

    Everything that the cowboys could be and your owner cares more about value than championships…I understand the jealousy.

  32. timdavis697 says:
    Apr 28, 2014 9:18 PM
    Hey Seattle fans quit talking like you guys won 10 super bowls. You have one title your not the Steelers, Packers, Patriots, 49ers, or Ravens for that matter. You have one title congrats at that.


    How do the Ravens make this list? 2 Championships??

    The Packers have 13, The Bears Have 9, then the Steelers have 6.

    Ravens fans are all wagon jumpers…..

  33. more negative cooments. “oh it cant be done” and “now they can’t pay rs or rw”. it shall be done! GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!

  34. The comments like “Seattle will have a rude awakening when they have to sign all their players” long term are wrong. Look around the NFL, people. Everyone has a salary cap and most teams that are competitive every year will eventually have to pay all their core players. Look at teams like New Orleans: They are paying a huge salary to Brees, just signed Byrd to an Earl Thomas size contract, guys like Graham and Jordan are about to get their big contracts. Denver: Manning huge contract. Demaryius is about to get paid. Ware huge contract. Talib signed to a little less then to what the Sherman type contract will be. Welker big money. Every team has a core of guys with huge contracts. It’s about signing the right ones long term at a young age and continuing to draft well and create depth. Seattle can afford to pay all these guys because thats exactly what they are doing. They drafted extremely well and are now rewarding their own instead of going and making a huge splash or overpaying a older veteran. With the exception of Harvin. The guys they draft and the development of their players is the reason they can afford these players. In a couple years their will be a similar off season to this past one where key guys or overpaid vets like Clemons, Bryant, and Rice are all cut and a Tate is let go because they will be rewarding the right guys they drafted and developed. If any team has proven to be able to do it, it’s Seattle. They will remain a young and competitive team

  35. Good for him. This kid deserves it! Every time I hear his name, my stomach still turns at the thought that he could’ve been an Eagle if we had someone who could draft!

  36. I love seeing fans from all 32 chiming in on any move made by the Seahawks. Enjoying every moment, it’s great to be on top! Come and get us chumps! Go Hawks!

  37. I think he’s worth it. Best safety in the game for my money. I don’t think they’ll get Sherman for the same money. I think to get Sherman for 4 years, the conversation will start around 48 million, and probably go up from there.

    Can’t say I blame them, like I said, best safety in the league if you ask me. But they are getting awfully top heavy

  38. People who think Earl Thomas is overrated have no idea how the Seattle defense works. Watch Seattle play defense next season, and you might notice something. They don’t shift their scheme very often if ever. They play an incredibly vanilla defense that’s based entirely on the talent level of guys on the field. Sherm has his side, Maxwell has the other, with Thomas protecting a HUGE deep middle area very regularly.

    The only reason Seattle can do this with pretty much every team in the league regardless of offensive style is because of Earl Thomas and his abilities as a player and team leader. He is BY FAR the most important piece of that Seattle defense. And even Richard Sherman knows that.

    Dude should have been DPOY and got robbed blind.

  39. If you pay attention to how Pete and John run the show in Seattle…you’ll see that while certainly they can’t avoid future cap constraints, they manage it as well (if not better) as anyone in the league.

    They’re not afraid to cut guys who have been there a long time or are fan favorites if they aren’t willing to restructure, they aren’t afraid to let guys walk (i.e. Tate, Thurmond, etc) if they don’t feel their cost is justified and they aren’t afraid to scrape the bottom of the barrel to find THEIR kind of guys to fit in to THEIR system.

    It will shock a lot of people for instance if/when Marshawn Lynch becomes the highest profile cap casualty in a season or two in favor of the far younger/less expensive option in Christine Michael, but to Hawks fans and anyone who pays attention, it won’t be too crazy of a surprise.

  40. i don’t quite understand why they didn’t let him play out his final year of his rookie deal, then franchise him while they negotiate a longer term deal next offseason. The franchise number for safeties is like 7-8 million

    maybe they want to save the tag for R wilson, but it just seems way too early to lock up a guy you took in the first round who was already paid pretty well when you have sherman playing over there for peanuts

  41. Discount, in fact I expect Michael to get a large number of carries next year and then take over as starter the year later. Marshawn is a very large cap hit in 2015 that Seattle won’t pay.

    Hawk fans fully expect the transition after next year, we know we have something special. The fans of other teams think without Marshawn we have nothing at rb. They will soon find out who C. Michael is. His explosion jumps off the screen like Percy’s does.

  42. Seattle needed to lock up Earl long-term and respect and love him to much to franchise him. Seattle doesn’t like to franchise their guys if it can be avoided.

    Did you know that Earl is one year younger than Russell Wilson? He is 24…Yeah he’s been starting in the NFL since he was 20 years old.

    Earl loves Seattle…truly. He took less to be here than 31 other teams would definitely pay him. You may not know of his talent but the league sure does.

    I say you just flat out reward a guy… a team leader like that. The potential ceiling is incredibly high throughout his contract(he will be 29 when it is over) and then add in the increasing salary cap over the next few years and just maybe this future HOF becomes a bargain?

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