When Earl Thomas rode off the sector at Arizona in September, his damaged left leg wrapped in an air forged and his center finger prolonged towards the Seattle sideline, it appeared like the ultimate picture of the star security in a Seahawks uniform.
Nothing that has occurred since would recommend in any other case — definitely nothing coach Pete Carroll has mentioned.
“Uh, we’ll see what occurs,” mentioned Carroll at season’s finish when requested if he would really like Thomas again. “I do not know what — yeah, I would adore it. Earl’s an incredible participant. I do not know what which means for a contract and all that stuff, however it’s one of many points. We have a bunch of them.”
Then on the scouting mix, Carroll praised Thomas however stopped brief with regards to re-signing him: “He is been a unbelievable a part of all the things, and I am rooting for him. So we have simply bought to attend and see what occurs, however he’ll have some nice decisions, I am positive.”
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Each signal has pointed to Thomas discovering a brand new house when free company begins subsequent week. The Seahawks have roughly $33 million in 2019 cap area. That will be sufficient to offer Thomas a contract close to the highest of the market, in the event that they so desired. But it surely wasn’t for lack of cap area that they declined to take action with an extension final yr. They’d the cash then too. It was about their unwillingness to reinvest in a participant nearing 30 years of age after getting reminders from Kam Chancellor and Michael Bennett of the hazard in paying massive cash on third contracts.
Why would they be any extra inclined to try this now?
If there is a minuscule likelihood of reunion, it is as a result of Thomas does not like several of the opposite presents in a security market loaded with different massive names similar to Landon Collins, Eric Weddle, Tyrann Mathieu and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Thomas might conceivably discover it interesting to take a one-year deal to beef up his worth in a well-recognized setting.
It is more likely, although, that he finds his megadeal.
As for changing him, the Seahawks are a lot larger on Delano Hill and Tedric Thompson than many followers appear to be. Carroll singled out Hill after the season and once more on the mix as a participant with a shiny future. And Bradley McDougald has the power to play each robust security and free security.
The Seahawks additionally might draft a security and/or signal one out of the deep free-agent pool.
Some ideas on Seattle’s different pending free brokers:
LB Okay.J. Wright: He shall be 30 in July, and he missed 11 video games final season due to a knee harm, so it is exhausting to think about the Seahawks making him a precedence. That mentioned, Wright has been one other pillar of Seattle’s protection, and he was “phenomenal” — generally supervisor John Schneider’s phrases — when he got here again late final season. There is also worth in his locker room presence. Prediction: Wright will get greater than the $6.75 million he was making from the Seahawks, they usually’ll say goodbye to a different franchise nice.
LB Mychal Kendricks: Carroll made a number of mentions of how Kendricks stays within the Seahawks’ plans, however his availability is in query, as he’s scheduled to be sentenced for insider buying and selling costs on April four. He performed properly in Wright’s absence, albeit in solely 4 video games. Prediction: Kendricks returns on one other one-year deal … in some unspecified time in the future.
CB Justin Coleman: Some sometimes spotty tackling however, Coleman has given Seattle robust play whereas manning the slot over the previous two seasons. The Seahawks’ model of cornerback play might be exhausting for veterans to choose up, which makes bringing in a free agent a dicey proposition. Coleman is younger (virtually 26), sturdy (hasn’t missed a recreation in Seattle) and productive (19 passes defended over the previous two seasons). Prediction: The $eight.615 million per yr that Baltimore simply gave Tavon Younger raises the bar for nickelbacks past what the Seahawks wish to pay Coleman. Bringing again Akeem King offers the Seahawks an choice to interchange him within the slot.
RG D.J. Fluker and LG J.R. Sweezy: Each got here to Seattle final yr on offers that paid them lower than $2 million apiece, reflective of their mushy markets. The Seahawks wish to carry them again, presumably for a lot lower than the $5.four million per yr that Mark Glowinski simply bought from the Colts. As a result of Sweezy is taken into account higher in run blocking than in cross safety, he won’t be as valued by different groups who run lower than the Seahawks. Prediction: Sweezy returns on a one-year deal price round $three million, whereas Fluker indicators for extra money elsewhere.
RB Mike Davis: Davis had a 728 yards from scrimmage and 5 touchdowns backing up Chris Carson final season. However Seattle did not draft Rashaad Penny 27th total to maintain him within the No. three position. Prediction: Davis will discover a higher alternative elsewhere.
QB Brett Hundley: He by no means noticed the sector final season after being acquired in a commerce from the Packers. Given Russell Wilson’s sturdiness, it is exhausting to think about the Seahawks eager to pay far more than the league minimal to carry him again. Prediction: Hundley returns on a one-year deal price lower than $1 million.
Okay Sebastian Janikowski: Seabass’ up-and-down season included three game-winning kicks as time expired however simply an 81.5 % discipline objective charge that ranked 23rd within the league. It is smart to search for a youthful alternative with extra long-term upside than Janikowski, 41. Prediction: Janikowski will not be again.
DE Dion Jordan: Jordan has reclaimed his profession in Seattle, however accidents have restricted him to 17 video games over the previous two seasons, and this draft is deep with edge gamers. Prediction: Jordan will not be again.
DT Shamar Stephen: The Seahawks in all probability will look to improve the beginning defensive deal with place subsequent to Jarran Reed, after they allowed four.9 yards per carry, third most within the NFL final season. Prediction: Stephen will not be again.
CB Neiko Thorpe: Thorpe has been a wonderful special-teams participant, and he was a captain, however he’s not a daily defensive contributor. Prediction: Thorpe will not be again.
S Maurice Alexander: Alexander’s 10 special-teams tackles have been third most final season, regardless that he was 15th in special-teams snaps, per Professional Soccer Reference. Prediction: Alexander returns on a one-year minimal deal.