By Dayna O’Gorman //@DaynaOG
Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas has been holding out during the preseason looking for a contract extension or a trade. Today, that hold out ends without either being accomplished.
Thomas announced he will be returning to his team, but his announcement carried a bit of anger with it.
“The disrespect has been well noted and will not be forgotten.”
— Doug Farrar (@NFL_DougFarrar) September 5, 2018
Seattle has never been one to bend when it comes to player holdouts. Most recently was safety Kam Chancellor‘s holdout in 2015, which ended when Chancellor reported a few games into the season. However, many thought Seattle would end up trading Thomas before he would return.
There were reports that the Cowboys, whom Thomas famously asked to “come get him” after the Seahawks vs Cowboys game last season, offered a second round pick for Thomas but Seattle refused.
Within the past week, Dallas upped its offer to the Seahawks for Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas to a second-round pick, per sources. Seattle wasn’t interested; it wants more.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 5, 2018
Going into the final year of his contract, Thomas felt he was owed an extension, and most agree. He is no doubt a once in a decade, future Hall of Fame player. The crux of the dispute seems to lie in how much that contract should be worth. Although Thomas still plays at the highest level and wants to be the highest paid safety in the league, Seattle hasn’t had the best of luck with third contracts. Both parties have made it clear they want to work something out, but the sincerity of those statements has been called into question.
So now we wait to see what happens. Thomas may have an issue with Pete Carroll, John Schneider, and the front office in Seattle, but there is no doubt he will play all out this season. He has proven he doesn’t know any other way to play. Whether or not those problems with the front office could show up as issues in the locker room, that is another story. Seattle fans hope they don’t.
Fans also hope a contract can be worked out, but chances of that seem quite slim at this point.
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