A league source tells Adam Schefter that Earl Thomas‘ gesture toward the Seahawks’ sideline last week after he suffered a season-ending injury was not directed at HC Pete Carroll or any one person.
Schefter says that Thomas was frustrated that he didn’t get the extension he was looking for, wasn’t traded and just re-fractured his leg.
As for Thomas’ future, Schefter reports that Seattle won’t make a final decision until after the season. However, the Seahawks are not expected to use their franchise tag on Thomas, which means he’ll get an opportunity to test the free agent market.
It would cost the Seahawks $11.85 million to franchise Thomas based on early projections.
Thomas, 29, 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.
Thomas will be an unrestricted free agent in 2019.
In 2018, Thomas appeared in four games and recorded 22 tackles, three interceptions and five pass defense for the Seahawks.
We have him featured in our Top 25 – 2019 NFL Free Agents list.