Report: Earl Thomas won’t holdout

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Seahawks safety Earl Thomas will not holdout. That’s the word from General Manager John Schneider at his charity event Thursday night, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports.

Schneider said he was told by Thomas’ representatives at the scouting combine that Thomas will show up even without a new deal. Schneider added he has not talked to them since, but that’s not unusual.

Thomas, who threatened a holdout earlier this offseaseon in the absence of a new contract, opted to skip the start of the team’s offseason workouts.

Talk of a Thomas trade has been a storyline the entire offseason, but coach Pete Carroll said Thursday the Seahawks were “counting on” Thomas this season.

8 responses to “Report: Earl Thomas won’t holdout

  1. They will need him that’s for sure. I wouldn’t count him there until after draft night, it could be eventful and Thomas may wind up playing elsewhere.

  2. The “no hold out” notation and the “counting on him” opinion does little to off set the earlier headlines the front office made saying “nothing is off the table.” Still, it doesn’t sound like anything bad is eminent, one way or the other.

    The day after the draft will be much more telling.

  3. He has a $8,500,000 base salary and $1,900,000 roster bonus, has started missing time over the last 2 years as he gets older… Why would a contender dole that out at this point? Seattle’s probably shopping him and wanting too much, but I wouldn’t be too surprised if something happens draft day. He’s either in on it or is fearful of going to the Browns. Either way 10M is nice.

  4. He should know better not to hold out. His brother Kam tried to do it and lost the battle, and ended up almost costing the team a playoff berth. Earl saw Kam come back without a new contract but ended up getting re-signed at the end of that year, so he’s counting on the same treatment. If not better.

  5. My guess is that he will become a free agent after this season, just like Jimmy Graham. Safety is not as critical a position as cornerback. An aging cornerback can be turned into a safety (e.g. Ronnie Lott and Charles Woodson) but it is rare that an aging safety can be turned into a cornerback.

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