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Seahawks S Earl Thomas Still Weighing Retirement

Seahawks S Earl Thomas (broken leg, injured reserve) mentioned during an interview with Rich Eisen of NFL Network that he is “caught in between” continuing his NFL career and retirement.

I’m kind of enjoying just waking up in the morning without the pressure,” said Thomas. “I don’t know, man. I’m kind of caught in between right now.”

When asked about the pressure of returning to play, Thomas said he doesn’t know if he can recommit himself at this point in time.

… It’s all about recommitting myself, and I don’t know,” said Thomas. “I would never want to step on the football field, you know, half-heartedly… If I have any doubts, I don’t want to play the game.”

Thomas is one of the best players at his respective position and in the prime of his career, so it would be surprising to see him walk away.

However, this appears to be a serious consideration for him.

Thomas, 27, is a former first-round pick of the Seahawks back in 2010. He’s currently in the third year of his five-year, $44.725 million contract that includes $27.725 million guaranteed and stands to make base salaries of $8 million and $8.5 million over the next two years.

He landed on the Seahawks’ injured reserve after sustaining a broken tibia during Week 13.

In 2016, Thomas had appeared in 11 games and recorded 48 tackles, no sacks, two interceptions, a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown and 10 pass defenses. ProFootballFocus rated him as the No. 15 overall safety out of 91 qualifying players.

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