SEATTLE – Earl Thomas’ contract hold-out saga with the Seattle Seahawks has taken another turn with less than two weeks until training camp.
In an Instagram post Monday, the All-Pro safety appears to have given the Seahawks an ultimatum, to either give him an extension or trade him, as his contract situation remains at a stagnate with the franchise.
“Always been the underdog ain’t nothing new,” Thomas said in the post. “Extend … If you don’t want me let’s make a trade happen I understand it’s a bizz.”
Thomas, 29, is entering the final season of a four-year, $40 million deal signed in April 2014 but has made it clear that he wants his long-term future secured ahead of the coming season. He announced in a statement via social media last month that he wouldn’t participate in any team activities until his contract situation was resolved. He proceeded to skip the team’s mandatory, three-day minicamp (and was fined $84,435 for doing so).
Several reports indicated that Thomas’ camp and the Seahawks haven’t made significant progress on getting a deal done. The veteran safety suggested earlier this year that he sought a contract similar to the one the Kansas City Chiefs gave Eric Berry, a fellow safety, last offseason — a six-year, $78 million deal with $40 million guaranteed.
Thomas is set to make $8.5 million in the 2018 season on his current contract.
Thomas has stated in the past that he wants to finish his career in Seattle, but that remains murky with training camp fast approaching. Most famously, he chased down Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett after a Seattle victory over Dallas on Christmas Eve last season, and was caught on video saying, “If y’all got the chance to come get me, come get me!”
Thomas, one of the best safeties in football, has made six Pro Bowls in his eight NFL seasons — all with Seattle. He has recorded 25 interceptions and 63 pass deflections in 121 career games.
The Seahawks begin training camp on July 26.
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