Pete Carroll: Earl Thomas “had a good week”

AP

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas ended his holdout on Wednesday, in an effort not just to collect his $500,000 game check for Sunday but to earn it.

“He had a good week,” coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Friday regarding Thomas. “He was solid all week long. He was fired up and studying and working hard at it and he had a good week.”

But will he play after only three practices?

“We’ll let you know how that’s going to turn out here tomorrow,” Carroll said.

So under what circumstances would he not play?

“[We] want to see how he comes off the field and just do everything we can to take care of him as much as possible, make all the right choices [and] just use all the time available,” Carroll said.

It can’t hurt to have Thomas available. His contractual concerns notwithstanding, he continues to be an impact player, and his presence won’t make the defense worse.

Still, the question lingers regarding whether the Seahawks would trade him. Some in league circles regard the claim that the Cowboys offered a second-round pick for Thomas as an effort to persuade someone to actually offer a second-round pick. Any trade offer for Thomas would have to be balanced against the expected bump that the Seahawks would receive in compensatory draft pick consideration for 2020, given that Thomas will become a free agent in March 2019.

20 responses to “Pete Carroll: Earl Thomas “had a good week”

  1. Almost 30, Not worth a first! Second yes. Seahawks are going to lose him after he plays just 16 games this year, so they are STUPID not to have taken the Cowboys second round pick offer! My Cowboys better not get desperate and offer their first! I doubt that they will, We didnt draft a safety for a reason and the reason was E.T. The plan fell through But play with what you have and dont give in! Let seattle have him for 16 more games only to get NOTHING in return!

  2. What’s the deal Pete? Denver looks to be full strength….all the sudden Seattle has massive injuries and multiple guys actually ruled out for game #1. We already know because of the temp/elevation this game is going to see 8-10 Seahawks needing IV’s. I see San Diego and Tennessee all over again but add the mile high elevation and it could get down right ugly in the 2nd half.

  3. It’s not rocket science. He’s rusty still. Hasn’t had any contact or participated with the team the entire offseason. He could get hurt. That’s probably the biggest concern.

  4. It will cost about $12 million for one year on the franchise tag next year. Not unreasonable to not want to commit long term to a 30 year old safety… Even if his name is Earl Thomas.

  5. Word has it there wasn’t a second offered so you think the hawks are stupid?Dallas needs to win now before Dak gets paid, so they should do what it takes to get him. Seattle will just franchise him the next year or two and let him walk

  6. Seattle is a 10-6 team on paper…..right now. After 5-6 injuries come October….they will be a 6 win team. I can’t stay positive when they are already thin at CB, their second best linebacker is out first 2-4 weeks, their Oline depth is basically 0, and they have something like 2 DE’s available week 1. Unless Wilson and the offense can all the sudden sustain drives with regularity and turn into the Dallas Offense where they try to control games by dominating time of possession and are actually good at it……there will be multiple blowouts coming. This defense does not cause turnovers or get off the field on 3rd downs…..so everyother week their most valuable player will be Dickson….the punter.

  7. He’s a cold hearted selfish me-first millennial dirtbag who worships money. Everyone is making millions and still wants more. Money is the root of all evil. I wouldn’t trust any of these holdout guys for anything. They’ll kill their mother for a bag of money. These guys are a disgrace. Their fanboys are even more stupid for supporting these greedy evil chumps.

  8. redandgoldhitman52 says:
    September 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm
    He’s a cold hearted selfish me-first millennial dirtbag who worships money. Everyone is making millions and still wants more. Money is the root of all evil. I wouldn’t trust any of these holdout guys for anything. They’ll kill their mother for a bag of money. These guys are a disgrace. Their fanboys are even more stupid for supporting these greedy evil chumps.
    …………………………………………………………..
    The guy is a star veteran player. All he did bottom line was skip camp and pre season games in which all that could happen was an injury. Good for him and the team since it all but guaranteed he’d atleast be suiting up week 1.

  9. I’m confused, did Dallas offer a 2nd or not. I thought all along a 2nd round pick was steep for Dallas to offer, but it is E.T. and he instantly upgrades our backfield. If we did offer a 2, Seattle was stupid not to take that deal.

  10. Anybody who has watched Earl knows he gives 120% every time he steps on the field, off the field issues notwithstanding. He’s light, in great physical shape and probably more than most to go well into his thirties without a letdown..welcome back Earl.

  11. @ vahawker
    “It will cost about $12 million for one year on the franchise tag next year. Not unreasonable to not want to commit long term to a 30 year old safety… Even if his name is Earl Thomas.”

    More than 1 team will offer Thomas a multi-year deal. Thomas wouldn’t risk getting injured on a franchise tag and jeopardizing the remainder of his career. Besides, Thomas would have to agree to be tagged, and it is pretty obvious he is done with Seattle, so your post is pretty much wishful thinking

  12. @jackedupboonie,

    I don’t see whatsoever how offering a second and taking on Thomas’s contract is considered acting like it is Saturday and are out garage saling. No other team offered more than Dallas, or Thomas likely would be starting week one in another uniform. But you keep on hating and stay classy…..

  13. jsrdc says:
    More than 1 team will offer Thomas a multi-year deal. Thomas wouldn’t risk getting injured on a franchise tag and jeopardizing the remainder of his career. Besides, Thomas would have to agree to be tagged, and it is pretty obvious he is done with Seattle, so your post is pretty much wishful thinking

    I think you either don’t understand how the tag works, or are engaging in a little “wishful thinking” yourself.
    I’m not suggesting it will or won’t, but if Seattle wants to tag Thomas after this season it can, and there’s nothing he can do about it. Any offer from another teams become moot if that happens.
    If the Seahawks tag Thomas he can choose to sign it or not. Those are his options. But if he’s tagged and doesn’t sign Seattle still controls him, and can let him sit at home unpaid as it during his recent holdout.
    At his age, sitting out an entire year and forfeiting what he’d make under the tag is money Thomas would likely never recoup. Even if he showed up in week 10 it would be for substantially less money, and Seattle could tag him a second time anyway. Is he going to sit out that year too?
    Like it or not, unless Thomas is really willing to walk away from the game then Seattle holds most of the cards.
    Personally, I think his play this year will determine whether the two sides come to terms on an extension, or if Seattle lets him walk. But the tag is in play if the Seahawks want it to be, and they don’t need Thomas’ permission.

  14. He can still be traded mid-season, after he proved that he still is a good player, and Seattle figures that it is not going to make the playoffs. May be Atlanta will give up a first round pick for him, if it is thinking it can contend for the Super Bowl, since they lost their safety for the season on Thursday against the Cheese Steaks.

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