There were rumblings that the Seahawks were shopping veteran safety Earl Thomas, but coach Pete Carroll made it sound like the defensive back is saying put next season.
“It’s awesome,” Carroll said (via ESPN’s Brady Henderson). “Earl’s a great football player. You may have looked [at it] like he wasn’t going to be here; we didn’t look at it like that. That’s been a lot of speculation on your guys’ end of this thing. We’ve been counting on Earl being here the whole time.”
General manager John Schneider acknowledged that there were discussions about a Thomas trade, but he noted “that nothing was remotely close to happening.” It sounds like the GM wasn’t really planning on dealing the safety after all, as Schneider also noted that he wouldn’t be doing his job if he didn’t consider every offer.
The 28-year-old has spent his entire career in Seattle, earning six Pro Bowl selections. In 14 games last season, Thomas compiled 88 tackles, seven passes defended, and two interceptions.
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