No Talks Yet For Seahawks, Earl Thomas

The Seahawks’ OTAs are underway, but safety Earl Thomas is not among those in attendance, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com tweets. Thomas has been pushing for a new deal, but there have been no talks yet and there are none on the horizon either, Pelissero hears. 

Thomas is under contract with Seattle for one more season at a salary of $8.5MM. Although participation in OTAs is voluntary, Thomas’ decision to stay home is probably a sign of his dissatisfaction with the lack of discussion regarding his contract.

I think Earl Thomas deserves the money he’s asking for,” former Seahawks teammate Richard Sherman said recently. “I think he deserves to be compensated as the top safety in the league. Whether Seattle does that or not is up to them.”

Making Thomas the highest-paid safety in the NFL would mean giving him upwards of $13MM per year, topping Eric Berry‘s mammoth six-year, $78MM deal. At the time of signing in 2014, the Seahawks’ four-year, $40MM extension with Thomas put him ahead of all other NFL safeties, but he has since been leapfrogged by five others: Berry, teammate Kam Chancellor, Reshad Jones (Dolphins), Lamarcus Joyner (Rams), and Harrison Smith (Vikings).

Will the Seahawks put him atop the heap once again? It’s hard to see that happening after months of mulling trade possibilities, including a swap with the Cowboys. Dallas balked at giving up a second-round pick for Thomas, however, so he remains in the team’s plans – for now.

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17 comments on “No Talks Yet For Seahawks, Earl Thomas

  1. tharrie0820

    Wouldn’t that be considered tampering on Sherman’s part?

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  2. apa4483

    Cowboys need to go ahead and offer a 6th round pick that’s the best the Seahawks will do at this point.

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  3. fungie22

    Seattle has lost all power in this negotiation. They should lower demand to a third round pick. As they’re not going to pay him to keep him.

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    • seattleite

      Ha! The Seahawks have him another year at a bargain price. Why would they give him up so easily? He’s worth a 3rd round comp at least if he signs elsewhere. Seahawks could also franchise him.

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  4. RockHard

    Dallas needs him and he wants to be a Cowboy. It seems destined to happen this season or next. Would be a massive coup for the team

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    • terror661

      He’s the only person in the nfl who wants to be on the Cowboys right now. So of course, Dallas has to make a move? I don’t think he is worth much.

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      • justinkm19

        Yeah because no player wants the huge market the Cowboys have…dummy

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      • tharrie0820

        You don’t think the best safety in the league is worth much? Do tell

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  5. walshanater

    McDonald’s does not charge extra for cheese on your burgers.

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  6. bravesfan88
    bravesfan88

    Idk, this is a touch decision for the Seahawks..Safeties aren’t really known for their longevity in the NFL today, and Thomas has all but likely played his best seasons already…

    I think they should just go ahead and try to get a conditional fourth rounder from the Cowboys, with the possibility it turns into a 3rd round pick if he makes the All-Pro first or second team…Seems to be a win-win for both teams involved..

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  7. jamfed

    if I um Schneider, GM of the Seahawks, I would only trade Earl Thomas for one of the Cowboys o lineman. one of the starting five

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    • tharrie0820

      They wouldn’t do that. Seattle thinks a functional oline is just a hindrance

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  8. astrosfan

    Send his butt to Dallas. Do whatever it will take to make it happen. He wants to be there and to be a Cowboy. Give old man Jones a phone call and work something out. It’s a win win for both teams

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