Pete Carroll: “We’ll see” whether Earl Thomas shows up for any of offseason program

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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll doesn’t expect Earl Thomas to show up for Phase 2 of the team’s voluntary offseason program, which began last week and runs three weeks. He is hopeful that maybe — possibly? — the safety will return for Phase 3 that begins May 21.

We’ll find out,” Carroll said, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “We’ve got to communicate. Phase 2 doesn’t look like it’s suiting him right now, so we’ll see. We’ll see what’s happening. Phase 3 is around the corner for us, so we’ll see. We’ve got one more week of Phase 2. Earl had a fantastic offseason, and I know he knows how to get in shape. Veterans sometimes look at those rules and they see ‘voluntary’ and they see it differently than the other guys, so we’ll see.”

The Seahawks’ mandatory minicamp runs June 12-14, and the team could fine him up to $84,435 for skipping all three days.

Seahawks General Manager John Schneider said recently he has received assurances from Thomas‘ representation that the safety won’t hold out in absence of a new deal. Thomas currently is scheduled to make $8.5 million in base salary before becoming a free agent in 2019.

The Seahawks drew interest in Thomas during the draft, including from the Cowboys, but did not find an offer that enticed them enough to trade Thomas.

9 responses to “Pete Carroll: “We’ll see” whether Earl Thomas shows up for any of offseason program

  1. Not even trolling here but, Seattle would be better off washing their hands of Thomas. He’s in the back half of his career, has an injury past, seems disgruntled and the team looks to be rebuilding. Take the best offer you can.
    See what you have in your younger players on the roster and proceed as needed.

  2. I wish the teams held an initial mandatory mini camp right after the draft. That way, those that felt wronged like Big Ben or Flacco could make their points and get over it. Guys like Earl, in contract extension mode, would have to make it known what they intended to do. After that first mandatory 3 day minicamp, then go back to voluntary workouts. Less drama and perhaps teams and players would better communicate what the future holds for all.

  3. Red Rover, Red Rover, send Earl Thomas on over! Dallas will get him from Seattle without having to give up any draft capital next year, unless ET works out an extension. Tick, tock.

  4. Earl Thomas will make his decision once he has confirmed that

    1. Yup, that was an iceberg
    2. There are not enough lifeboats

  5. The Seahawks view Thomas a depreciating asset. They are hoping to get one last year of wear and tear out of him, but these things rarely end well. Most likely, he’ll be dealt at the trading deadline for a 3rd round pick. It’s possible that nobody offered a 2nd round pick for him at the draft and that drove them to hold onto him. At this point, they should save the $8.5 million and just deal him to Dallas now and save the aggravation.

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