Earl Thomas-To-Cowboys Talk “A Lot Of Media Hype”

A team official tells Calvin Watkins that the talk of Earl Thomas being traded to the Seahawks is “a lot of media hype.”

“It’s a lot of media hype,” the source tells Watkins. “Seattle not giving him away and we’re not overpaying.

On Monday, Thomas posted on his Instagram account that he wants a contract extension or to be traded before the upcoming season.

As of now, there haven’t been any reported contract talks between Seattle and Thomas, so it will be interesting to see if that changes over the next month or so.

If the Seahawks are to trade Thomas, the Cowboys are clearly a team worth keeping an eye on, seeing as the two teams reportedly discussed potential deals leading up to and during the draft. However, Dallas wasn’t willing to part with the kind of draft compensation Seattle was looking for in return for him.

Thomas made the decision to skip mandatory minicamp and could also hold out of training camp for a new contract.

Thomas, 28, is a former first-round pick of the Seahawks back in 2010. He’s entering the final year of his five-year, $44.725 million contract that includes $27.725 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $8.5 million for the 2018 season.

According to OverTheCap.com, trading Thomas would free up $8.5 million of available cap space while creating $1.9 million in dead money.

In 2017, Thomas has appeared in 14 games and recorded 88 tackles, two interceptions with one being returned for a touchdown, a forced fumble and seven pass defenses. ProFootballFocus rated him as the No. 9 overall safety out of 86 qualifying players.

We’ll have more regarding the Seahawks and Thomas as the news is available.

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