On Thursday, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider said in a radio interview with Bob Stelton, Tom Wassell and Dave Grosby of 710 ESPN Seattle that he does not expect the team to trade star free safety Earl Thomas.
Thomas is about to enter the final year of his contract and once mentioned the possibility of holding out if he didn’t get a new deal. However, Schneider does not get that impression from Thomas as of late.
“My sense is that he wants to be here,” Schneider said of Thomas. “I met with his agents after that, like we do with all of our players’ agents at the combine, and I expressed my questions or concerns about that. And they didn’t tell me it was any different than what we had thought, that he wants to be a Seahawk.”
The six-time Pro Bowl safety is slated to make $8.5 million next season before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2019. However, would Schneider and the Seahawks be able to sign Thomas to a contract extension sometime during the upcoming 2018-19 season?
Per an interview with Seattle’s Sports Radio 950 KRJ, via Brady Henderson of ESPN:
“That’s hard to tell. I mean, he’s under contract for next year,” Schneider said. “From a timing standpoint, that’s not something I’m going to get into. But obviously, everybody loves Earl. We all know he’s a Hall of Fame-caliber player. Like I said, he’s the second player we ever picked here. He’s just been a huge inspiration all the way through. The guys a tempo-setter at practice and overcame his injury, and he’s been doing great ever since.”
There have been rumors swirling around lately that the Dallas Cowboys are heavily interested in Thomas and reportedly even called the Seahawks during the 2018 NFL Draft to discuss a trade for him, but both teams were unable to come to terms on a deal.