Seahawks players, coaches “ecstatic” to have Earl Thomas back

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While Earl Thomas may not be happy to be back with the Seahawks without the new contract he had been seeking through a hold out, his teammates and coaches were very happy to have Thomas back in the building on Wednesday.

“Ecstatic,” wide receiver Doug Baldwin said of seeing Thomas was back. “When I saw him sitting down in the meeting room, I couldn’t help but (to) just go and give him a big hug. That’s my boy, I love him to death. … It’s really hard to come by guys who think out of this stratosphere as Bobby would like to call it. So, it was really exciting to have him back. Can’t wait to spend more time with him.”

Thomas skipped all of Seattle’s offseason work and the entire preseason in trying to leverage a new contract – or a trade – from Seattle. He is set to enter the final year of his contract which is set to pay him $8.5 million in base salary this season.

“He’s one of the best players that plays the game,” head coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s been a marvelous part of our program for a long time. That’s why we never waived in the thought that he wasn’t going to be with us and it was just a matter of time to try to make sense or do what we could do and fortunately we’re back at it and we’d like him to be a Seahawk for the rest of his career. That’s how we’ve always thought about it, so the rest of it will take care of it when the time is right.”

If his hold out had continued, Thomas would have forfeited $500,000 for each week missed. Instead, Thomas reported to the team in time to get ready for the team’s Week One matchup with the Denver Broncos.

“It was pretty cool to see him walk into the meeting room,” linebacker Bobby Wagner said. “We need a guy like that back. I know he’s probably going through a lot. I feel like it was just important for us to embrace him and let him know that he was in our hearts even though he wasn’t here and just welcome him back.”

Added defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr: “Oh my goodness, really good to see Earl back. I became a better coach today. Really good to see him. You know how much he’s been a part of this program and how awesome he’s been since the day one he arrived here. He’s part of this family. It’s like having a family member back that hadn’t been around so everybody was really happy to see him.”

Wagner doesn’t doubt that Thomas can get up to speed pretty quickly. He had played in the same defense since joining Seattle as a first-round pick in 2010.

“I feel that he can get out there and see the looks that he needs and get back,” Wagner said. “I think I’d be very confident coming back and I think he should too.”

15 responses to “Seahawks players, coaches “ecstatic” to have Earl Thomas back

  1. Earl is not happy he’s back without a contract extension. If he wants out of Seattle, here’s how he should do it: act like Richard Sherman. Start saying crazy things and when the Seahawks lose, throw the whole coaching staff under the bus. They aren’t going to want a so called “cancer” in the locker room, especially like Sherman. C’mon Earl get yourself traded to the Cowboys.

  2. I love ET, but at this point, with all the other ‘old timers’ shipping off to new teams, and the probability of a ‘rebuild’ in motion, a trade wouldn’t be the worse thing.
    I have my $$$ on Dallas after they play in week #3.

  3. Welcome back ET. Your fans, your city, your teammates and your coaches are all very happy to see you back. Have you earned a bigtime extension? Yep. Very much so. I also expect the team will make you a very good offer and hopefully sooner than later. I know the feeling of disrespect is real, I just hope there is a way you and the team can mend things for the long term. I’d like to see your retire here and become the next Chris Richards…coaching the next generation of the LOB.

  4. Sure, just don’t ask him to tackle anyone. He’s playing mostly off name recognition at this point.

  5. ET just helped Dallas whether he realizes it or not

    Notwithstanding Seattle forks up the bucks + extension to keep Earl

    He just cost Seattle the leverage they once had

    Now the Seahawks realize they only get a compensate 3rd rd pick next year vs the 2nd now Dallas offered

    By Earl agreeing to return, he’s just forced his team to give in to him if they’ve plans to keep him or accept another team’s offer
    OR
    Simply lose out on a 2nd rd pick & accept a 3rd

    It’s really a no-brainer to me😉

  6. Hilarious to see the butthurt Cowgirl fans in here. Seattle values him higher than a 2nd round pick you fools. They can keep him and franchise him next year too if they want. Also, if he plays well, they can extend him still if they want to. The Seahawks hold all the power in this situation.

  7. “JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    September 6, 2018 at 12:00 am
    Sure, just don’t ask him to tackle anyone.”

    How do you think that will get ET a decent next contract? Duh!

  8. “jeremy x says:
    September 6, 2018 at 1:31 am
    ET just helped Dallas whether he realizes it or not

    He just cost Seattle the leverage they once had

    By Earl agreeing to return, he’s just forced his team to give in to him if they’ve plans to keep him or accept another team’s offer
    OR
    Simply lose out on a 2nd rd pick & accept a 3rd

    It’s really a no-brainer to me😉”

    Why not have ET play out his contract. If he performs, then tag him for another year? They can get 2 years of productivity from the best safety in the NFL and still get a compensatory pick afterwards. The Hawks hold all the cards in this game of chicken.

    I love ET, but this makes no sense to anyone at this point. My bet is that he never becomes the highest paid safety in football. That’s life.

  9. jeremy x says:
    September 6, 2018 at 1:31 am
    ET just helped Dallas whether he realizes it or not

    Notwithstanding Seattle forks up the bucks + extension to keep Earl

    He just cost Seattle the leverage they once had
    __________________

    Uh, what? You might be the only person alive who really thought he was going to sit out the whole year. And him coming back doesn’t take any leverage away from Seattle whatsoever.


  10. suncawy says:
    September 5, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    Earl is not happy he’s back without a contract extension. If he wants out of Seattle, here’s how he should do it: act like Richard Sherman. Start saying crazy things and when the Seahawks lose, throw the whole coaching staff under the bus. They aren’t going to want a so called “cancer” in the locker room, especially like Sherman. C’mon Earl get yourself traded to the Cowboys.

    Yes because this is the kind of player every team will want to pay big bucks to with an extension.

    Brilliant.

    (Take it you’re not an agent.)

  11. ET will be a free agent after this season. He does not have to talk back to the Head Preacher, aka Petey, to get traded or cut. Just do what Jimmy G. (the TE i.e.) did, and stay healthy.

  12. I love how everyone here thinks they know what Earl Thomas is thinking like yall are buddies with him. As far as Seattle losing leverage. That’s ridiculous. If they want him after this year they will either extend him or Franchise tag him. The ball remains in the Seahawks court. Earl did what he could with the little bit of power he had. I was extremely disappointed when he ran over to Garret after we stomped on the the Cowboyz however Im over it. Dont forget Earl has always been unpredictable from potential retirement to the locker room incident to this recent holdout. However dont forget hes still the best safety in the league and is a game changer as recent as last year. Its funny how quickly some fans turn on their players. Earl will probably have his best year to date this year cause hes got a chip on his shoulder and a lot to prove. He literally won a game for us last year vs the Rams by karate chopping Gurley near the endzone. GAMECHANGER!!!!! Respect the man as a player. Welcome back Earl!

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