Earl Thomas has decided he will not attend the Seattle Seahawks mandatory minicamp until his contract situation is resolved. Thomas is in the last year of his current contract and while he has expressed he wants to be a Seahawk for life he also thinks he deserves a new deal and one that will provide certainty and stability over the last years of his career.
June 10, 2018
Seahawks have a rule of only handing players extensions when they have one year left on their current deal. Earl Thomas has one year left on his current deal. It isn’t a surprise that he can see the writing on the wall, given that the Seahawks haven’t offered him that extension.— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) June 10, 2018
You can read Thomas’ full statement here too.
It is unclear what Thomas is expecting as a part of his new deal but it would not be surprising is he expects top 3 safety money (he is currently 6th as far as APY according to OverTheCap) considering the All-Pro/Pro Bowl career he has had already.
The Redskins have a decent group of players at the safety position and have a lot of young talent to be developed. However, for a team who may be looking to make a push to win now upgrading the position by going after a top guy like Thomas could make sense. The big question is if the Redskins could even afford Thomas given their other needs and cap situation especially. The team has several key contract renewals coming up including Brandon Scherff, Preston Smith, and Jamison Crowder.
There is also the spotty history of the team going after high priced free agents with the rate of success being less than impressive. I think Thomas still has a lot of gas in the tank at least for a couple more seasons before we may see a great drop off in production and efficiency. Thomas also has that champion mentality largely having played for the top team in the NFC for most of his career. At player with his skill set and mentality can change the attitude and aura of the team’s secondary much less the entire defense.
So I pose this question to you guys, now that the opportunity has officially presented itself should the Redskins make a move to acquire Earl Thomas?
Should The Redskins Make A Move For Earl Thomas?
This poll is closed
Yes, he would greatly improve the secondary and locker room.
No, entering the last legs of his career and likely too expensive.