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Earl Thomas | Defensive Back | #29

Team: Seattle Seahawks
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/7/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 202
College: Texas
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (14) / SEA
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Writing for The Players' Tribune, Earl Thomas told the Seahawks to either offer him an extension or trade him "to a team that wants me to be part of their future."
In the article (linked below), Thomas lays out the reasons for his holdout. "If you’re risking your body to deliver all of this value to an organization, then you deserve some sort of assurance that the organization will take care of you if you get hurt," Thomas writes. "This isn’t new, and this isn’t complicated. It’s the reason I’m holding out — I want to be able to give my everything, on every play, without any doubt in my mind." The Seahawks reportedly have no plans to offer Thomas an extension, so a trade seems like the only option. The Cowboys are the likeliest destination if Seattle decides to move Thomas. Aug 2 - 8:22 AM

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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says the team has had "no communication" with holdout FS Earl Thomas.

The early days of Thomas' holdout have been bitter on both sides. It would be best for all involved for Thomas to be traded. Seahawks and Cowboys reporters have both separately predicted that Dallas is Thomas' most likely 2018 home.
Jul 31 - 3:57 PM

ESPN's Seahawks reporter Brady Henderson and Cowboys reporter Todd Archer both predict Earl Thomas will end up in Dallas.

Henderson believes the two teams will "work out a trade, if not before the season opener than before the trade deadline in October." Archer is less specific, but he thinks Thomas will end up in Dallas "at some point." Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones said there have been "no recent talks" between Dallas and Seattle, but it seems like the two sides are just waiting each other out. Thomas is scheduled to earn $8.5 million in the final year of his contract.
Source: ESPN
Jul 31 - 10:30 AM

Seahawks placed FS Earl Thomas on the reserve/did not report list.

This could turn into one of the league's most acrimonious holdouts in recent years. The Seahawks have claimed they won't even consider talking with Thomas until he reports. For his part, Thomas has leaked he's prepared to sit out regular season games. Both sides seem to badly want a trade. The Seahawks might have to start considering flipping Thomas for less than what he's worth.
Jul 26 - 4:08 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Earl Thomas is "preparing to sit out" into the regular season.

This kind of report is usually leaked to prompt action, but Thomas could be serious. He is reportedly "done" with the Seahawks, and there is reportedly "zero chance" the team will offer him an extension. This situation seems destined for a trade.
Jul 26 - 8:20 AM

Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones says there have been "no recent talks" with Seattle about Earl Thomas.

This falls in line with a previous report that Thomas-to-Cowboys rumors are "media hype." Thomas didn't report for the start of training camp and looks on his way out of Seattle, so it's possible the sides revisit talks. The Raiders have also been linked to Thomas, but the Seahawks are unwilling to lower their asking price to get a deal done.
Jul 25 - 5:39 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen confirms Seahawks FS Earl Thomas will not report for the start of training camp on Wednesday.

This was the expected outcome as most reports suggest Thomas is done with Seattle. The Seahawks have drawn a clear line in the sand with Thomas as Mortensen reports there's "zero chance" of him getting an extension. Seattle has shopped the disgruntled safety this offseason, though so far teams have balked at the Seahawks' asking price. Trading Thomas would wipe away the last shred of Seattle's vaunted Legion of Boom.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 11:15 AM

NBC Sports Radio's Newy Scruggs reports contract-year FS Earl Thomas is "done" with the Seahawks.

Per Scruggs, Thomas "plans to sell his Seattle home," and will only report if he gets a new contract. Scruggs also reports Thomas has expressed interest in playing for the Raiders, apparently telling owner Mark Davis to "come get him." Thomas has been most strongly linked to the Cowboys. Both Thomas and the Seahawks need this saga to end, almost certainly with a fresh start for Thomas elsewhere.
Jul 24 - 4:05 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the Seahawks "still want a really high price" in a trade for FS Earl Thomas.

Anderson adds the Seahawks and Cowboys have remained in contact regarding Thomas since the draft. However, it doesn't sound like anything is close, even as Thomas apparently tries to force his way out of town by not showing up for the start of training camp. He wants an extension, and the Seahawks haven't seemed very open to one. The sides remain at a stalemate.
Jul 23 - 10:50 PM

NFL.com's Mike Garafolo reports there are "no indications" contract-year FS Earl Thomas plans to report for Seahawks training camp.

Garafolo reports the Seahawks are not necessarily against a new deal but that it is not a top priority. Both sides have appeared eager for a divorce for some time, but the Seahawks have been adamant that they will not give 29-year-old Thomas away in a trade.
Jul 23 - 3:30 PM

A Cowboys source told the Athletic's Calvin Watkins the Earl Thomas-to-Cowboys rumors are "a lot of media hype."

"Seattle not giving him away and we’re not overpaying," the source added. This has only gained steam due to Thomas' own voiced desire to play for Dallas back in his home state. The 29-year-old has threatened a holdout this summer if Seattle doesn't extend or trade him as he heads into his contract year. The Seahawks likely want at least a second-rounder and more for Thomas.
Jul 18 - 11:06 AM

Seahawks contract-year FS Earl Thomas wants to be traded if the Seahawks don't extend him.

Thomas is threatening a training camp holdout after skipping the entire offseason. The Seahawks haven't made progress on an extension, and there are rumors a trade to Dallas is still in play. 29-year-old Thomas missed time with injuries the last two seasons, but there's been no dropoff from his All Pro form. Thomas is targeting $12 million annually on his next deal.
Jul 17 - 12:30 PM

DallasCowboys.com's Bryan Broaddus thinks a trade for contract-year FS Earl Thomas is "still in play" for Dallas.

The Seahawks haven't made any progress on a Thomas extension after he skipped offseason workouts. With Thomas threatening to hold out, it's possible he gets dealt before training camp. The Cowboys were in talks with Seattle about Thomas before the draft and are his preferred landing spot. Thomas is going to be an expensive re-sign but would give Dallas an All Pro on a secondary with safety question marks.
Jul 7 - 4:21 PM

ESPN's Brady Henderson writes "there has been nothing to indicate" the Seahawks will give Earl Thomas an extension this summer.

Thomas skipped mandatory minicamp and threatened to continue the holdout into training camp if the Seahawks do not address his contract, but Henderson reports the two sides are not currently negotiating. A trade could end up being the best option for both Thomas and the Seahawks, but it is unclear if a deal is out there. Seemingly Thomas' preferred destination, the Cowboys had legitimate interest before the draft.
Source: ESPN
Jun 21 - 9:55 AM

Speaking Tuesday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said "we'll see" when asked if holdout FS Earl Thomas would be with the team come Week 1.

Even at the risk of incurring massive fines, 29-year-old Thomas has said he will hold out of all team activities until his contract situation is rectified. The Seahawks publicly shopped Thomas this offseason but never found the trade price they were looking for. Thomas isn't interested in risking his health as he tries to get his football future squared away. This one could get messy.
Jun 12 - 6:53 PM

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