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Earl Thomas | Defensive Back

Team: Seattle Seahawks
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/7/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 202
College: Texas
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FS Earl Thomas is the favorite to return punts for the Seahawks this season.
Thomas almost broke a 59-yard return for a touchdown in the Seahawks' third preseason game Friday night. It seems unwise to risk an All-Pro safety that was just given a huge contract extension on punt returns, but Thomas is a dynamic player with the ball in his hands. Aug 23 - 10:41 AM

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Speaking Tuesday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said FS Earl Thomas would be the team's punt returner were the season to start today.

Carroll also said CB Richard Sherman was "in the mix" on punts. Both Thomas and Sherman are exceedingly dangerous with the ball in their hands, but recipients of fat new contract extensions this offseason, we doubt Seattle ends up risking their health on returns.
May 27 - 5:28 PM

Seahawks signed FS Earl Thomas to a four-year, $40 million extension through 2018.

He's now locked up through his age-29 season, giving Thomas a chance at one more monster contract before his career is through. Having started 64-of-64 games since entering the league as the 14th overall pick out of Texas in 2010, Thomas has logged 15 career interceptions, five forced fumbles, and 32 pass breakups while arguably emerging as football's premier center-field safety. Still only 25 years old (in May), Seahawks players are alleged to privately consider Thomas the team's best defensive back, ahead of Richard Sherman. It's early, of course, but Thomas is on a Hall of Fame early-career track with three Pro Bowls and two first-team All-Pro berths through his first four NFL seasons.
Apr 28 - 4:53 PM

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Seahawks' "top priority" this offseason is re-signing FS Earl Thomas.

Thomas received 7.5-of-50 Defensive Player of the Year votes in 2013, and in some circles is considered a superior defensive back to teammate Richard Sherman. Turning 25 in May, Thomas could surpass $9 million per year on his new deal. The Steelers are currently paying Troy Polamalu $9.125 million annually. The Chargers gave FS Eric Weddle $40 million over five years in 2011.
Feb 2 - 3:56 PM

Seahawks FS Earl Thomas earned a $900,000 base salary escalator for 2014, bringing his new scheduled pay to $4.625 million.

Thomas' rookie deal contained language setting him up for a large final-year escalator and he earned it based on interceptions, Pro Bowl berths, and Seahawks playoff wins. Thomas, 24, is now in line for a monster pay day on a forthcoming extension. He's arguably the NFL's premier free safety, and Thomas' contract expires after 2014. Seattle is going to have to pay a lot of folks very soon. They've been roster hoarding on nailed draft picks and cheap rookie deals.
Jan 24 - 2:29 PM

Coach Pete Carroll said FS Earl Thomas is just hitting his prime now.

Thomas, who turned 24 last month, has been in the NFL for three seasons. He's been to two Pro Bowls, was a first-team All-Pro last year and has never missed a game. "There's no end to the potential Earl has," Carroll said, "because he's so fast and he's so tough, but more than that, he's just so driven to be great."
Tue, Jun 18, 2013 10:51:00 AM

Seahawks FS Earl Thomas triggered an escalator in his contract, raising his 2013 salary from $1.575 million to $2.05 million.

Thomas' 2014 salary was also affected, and it jumps from $2.5 million to $3.725 million. Thomas has started all 48 games since being the No. 14 overall pick in the 2010 draft. Over that span, the ball-hawking safety has totaled 240 tackles and ten interceptions. Thomas is a two-time Pro Bowler and has two years left on his rookie deal.
Thu, Jan 31, 2013 01:40:00 AM

Seahawks FS Earl Thomas triggered $475,000 in incentives by earning a 2012 Pro Bowl berth and steering his team to a playoff win.

Thomas triggered the $200K Pro Bowl bonus before intercepting Robert Griffin III in Seattle's Wild Card Round win over Washington. Arguably the top young free safety in football, 23-year-old Thomas finished 2012 with 66 tackles, a forced fumble, and three picks. Now a two-time Pro Bowler through three NFL seasons, Thomas already has ten regular season interceptions in his career.
Sat, Jan 12, 2013 03:04:00 PM

FS Earl Thomas is the first Seahawk to make the Pro Bowl since 2008-09.

The Seahawks sent LB Julian Peterson and legendary OT Walter Jones that season. A first-round pick in 2010, Thomas has graded out as the eighth best safety in the league by Pro Football Focus after having an up-and-down rookie year.
Tue, Dec 27, 2011 09:18:00 PM

Seahawks FS Earl Thomas is drawing comparisons to Troy Polamalu.

Thomas piled up 75 tackles, five interceptions, a forced fumble and seven passes defensed as a rookie last season. "Both appear to be moving at a different speed," said Steelers coach Mike Tomlin of Thomas and Polamalu. With elite safeties like LaRon Landry and Eric Berry sidelined by injury, Thomas is moving up the IDP totem pole.
Thu, Sep 15, 2011 11:03:00 AM

Seahawks FS Earl Thomas will meet the team in New Orleans after leaving Friday's practice to attend a memorial service in Texas.

Thomas is fully expected to play Sunday against the Saints. The rookie continues to be a fringe IDP player due to his inability to have a presence "in the box."
Sat, Nov 20, 2010 09:12:00 AM

Seahawks FS Earl Thomas logged just two tackles in a Week 4 loss at St. Louis, but intercepted a Sam Bradford pass in the end zone.

Thomas' pick kept this contest a one-score game until the Rams took control in the second half. The No. 14 overall selection in the 2010 draft now has three interceptions in his last two games, and is on the IDP radar as an option against gunslinger-type QBs, like Chicago's Jay Cutler in Week 6 after the 'Hawks return from their bye.
Sun, Oct 3, 2010 09:03:00 PM

Seahawks first-round FS Earl Thomas was immediately inserted with the first team on Sunday afternoon.

Thomas signed in the early hours of Sunday morning and was a starter just a few hours later. He'll line up opposite Jordan Babineaux or Lawyer Milloy and will make plenty of big plays for the Seahawks. However, he's a fringe IDP candidate due to a lack of "in the box" presence.
Mon, Aug 2, 2010 10:19:00 AM

Seahawks signed No. 14 overall pick CB Earl Thomas to a five-year, $21.1 million contract, including $12.32 million guaranteed.

Last year's 14th pick, Malcolm Jenkins, received $19 million with $11 million guaranteed. Thomas, possessing the best ball skills of any safety in the draft, will step right into the starting lineup at free safety. A favorite of NFL Network's Mike Mayock, he's a potential impact player on a defense starving for big plays.
Sun, Aug 1, 2010 01:04:00 AM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed that the tentative plan is for Earl Thomas to start at safety opposite Jordan Babineaux.

"He could easily be a corner in our system," Carroll said. "But I think our need and the ability to free him up to cover a lot of ground is what we’re hoping to show." Babineaux started at free safety last year, but he has a size advantage on Thomas whereas Thomas has far superior speed and ball skills.
Fri, Apr 23, 2010 01:32:00 PM

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