Rumor: Earl Thomas told Raiders owner Mark Davis to come get him
In the last several months, the Seattle Seahawks have been on bumpy standing with All-Pro safety Earl Thomas, who is entering the final year of his four-year, $40 million deal.
The further the offseason has rolled along the more complicated things have become as Thomas has made it clear that he’s eyeing a new deal or wants to be traded. With that in mind, Newy Scruggs of NBC Sports in Dallas is reporting that the 29-year-old told Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis to make a move for him.
I'm told Earl Thomas went up to #Raiders owner Mark Davis in Vegas and told him to come get him. Seriously. Make that the #Cowboys & #Raiders he is willing to play for. Thomas plans to sell his Seattle home. @NBCDFWSports pic.twitter.com/2tAD7HSDna
— Newy Scruggs (@newyscruggs) July 24, 2018
With the Seahawks holding no urgency toward working out a new deal with Thomas, it has pushed him to make clear that he wants a resolution to the situation this offseason with a trade. The Dallas Cowboys have long been perceived as being the frontrunners to landing him in either free agency or the trade market. However, there hasn’t been any serious movement on that front in the last few months since the 2018 NFL Draft in late April.
The Raiders have been one of the busier teams in the league this offseason reshaping their roster with much of that focus on retooling their secondary. The possible addition of Thomas would be a tremendous step forward in finding some stability in that unit of the defense that has been lacking for quite some time.
What has made this more intriguing is that he has reached out himself to Davis to voice his interest in playing for the team, which he did in a similar manner last season with the Cowboys telling much of the same to head coach Jason Garrett.
This could see the Raiders emerge in the picture to acquire the Pro Bowl defensive back prior to the start of the season. Thomas is still playing some of the best football of his career and could be a major asset for Oakland or any other team that has him in their secondary.