On Sunday, Seahawks S Earl Thomas announced via his Twitter account that he’s skipping the team’s mandatory minicamp until his contract is addressed.
— Earl Thomas (@Earl_Thomas) June 10, 2018
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said this past week that he was confident Thomas would be in attendance for minicamp. However, it looks like Thomas is willing to take a hard-line stance to get a new deal.
This offseason, Thomas had come up in trade rumors but the draft came and went without him being dealt, which implies that the Seahawks are prepared to keep him for at least another year.
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 as we get closer to the season.
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.