Merry Christmas to everyone!
In case you missed this after the Dallas game, sports media has given a lot of attention to some comments from Earl Thomas directly to the Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett:
Earl Thomas runs to greet Jason Garrett, then as he walks into the COWBOYS lockerroom, he says, “If you have a chance to get me, come get me.” pic.twitter.com/N395wVU2Jz
— Edward Egros (@EdwardEgrosFox4) December 25, 2017
Personally I think it’s a big fuss over nothing.
Mike Silver’s article a week ago speculated that Thomas’ time in Seattle could soon come to an end:
Thomas, who turns 29 in May, suffered a hamstring injury in a late-October victory over the Houston Texans and missed the next two games. His contract runs through the 2018 season, and sources familiar with the All-Pro safety’s mindset believe he may seek a raise that will put him at or above the $13 million annual average commanded by Chiefs counterpart Eric Berry, who signed a six-year extension in February.
The Seahawks could sign Thomas to a long-term deal, but if they balk and anticipate a potential holdout, they conceivably might look to trade him after the season.
Part of me wonders if Earl has read this piece and anticipates change. He’s a player who says what he thinks. He doesn’t hold back.
I can’t find the direct quote but I remember when he signed his current contract in 2014. He made reference to Seattle’s ability to start late round cornerbacks. He said it was possible because of ’29’.
It was bold and brash and kind of true.
Last year he tweeted he was contemplating retirement. Only last week he was getting into a minor dispute with Bobby Wagner.
Earl is unique.
Earl gon’ Earl and I’m fine with it. You can’t draft a supernatural alien weirdo to run your defense then be surprised when he does shit.
Still my guy. https://t.co/GwMVnu5Z3m
— Bevens and Nature Sing (@JacsonBevens) December 25, 2017
This is Seahawks football in the Pete Carroll era. The drama is part of the show.
The 2014 season was dominated by talk about Marshawn Lynch’s future. They had to trade Percy Harvin. Richard Sherman was in the news every week during the last off-season with his future in question. Kam Chancellor held out in 2015.
Seattle has accumulated a collection of gritty, sometimes angry, passionate and outspoken players. This is going to happen.
Earl grew up a Cowboys fan and initiated what he believed to be a private conversation. I don’t blame him for one day wanting to play for the team he probably dreamed of playing for.
If he read Silver’s piece and feels like he might be available soon — I equally don’t fault him for thinking about what his next move might be. At the very least he’s a year away from being a free agent. One way or another something has to give in the next 12 months. Either he’s traded, he’s a free agent or Seattle re-signs him.
I don’t see this as disrespectful. Stuff like this probably happens a lot, we just don’t see it.
Personally I wouldn’t deal Thomas for anything other than a kings ransom. He’s a future Hall-of-Fame player. There are clearly other good safety’s in the NFL — there just isn’t anyone quite like Thomas.
Yes he’s 28-years-old now. The Seahawks parted with a first round pick for Jimmy Graham when he was 29. A first round pick is the bare minimum Seattle should be looking for.
For starters they’d need an opportunity to draft another defensive stud. Virginia Tech duo Tremaine Edmunds and Tim Settle are really good. Bradley Chubb, Vita Vea, Clelin Ferrell. There are others, especially in the front seven. A second rounder won’t get one of the top defensive prospects. Neither will a pick in the late 20’s. This has to be a top-25 type of deal.
Seattle stood tall over Sherman earlier this year. You would imagine they’d do the same with Thomas. They won’t give him away. Whether they’d receive an offer akin to Thomas’ value, however, is debatable. So a trade feels improbable.
But this all seems like a storm in a tea cup anyway. Thomas is just as likely to sign a new contract in Seattle, finish his career with the Seahawks and go down as one of the top players to ever play for the franchise as he is to suddenly land in Dallas.
If he signs a new contract — or simply continues to ball out for Seattle — nobody will be dwelling on a very brief conversation with Jason Garrett.
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