Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Earl Thomas fails to report, what would you trade for him?

Seahawks' Earl Thomas Ends Holdout: Seattle Seahawks turn down second-round pick offer from Dallas Cowboys
Domingo Copeland | 07 September, 2018, 05:31

"I've never let me teammates, city or fans down as long as I've lived and don't plan on starting this weekend", he wrote. Thomas' reaction to the lack of a resolution was clear in his post: "The disrespect has been noted and will not be forgotten".

But it all may be moot now, as Thomas plans to report to the Seahawks today after holding out all offseason and training camp in hopes of a new contract, per a source.

The Cowboys do not seem to be keen on surrendering any asset worth more than a third-round pick for Thomas, who may have expressed interest to play for Dallas before, but is only a controllable commodity until the end of the 2018 season.

Thomas is in the final year of a contract that pays $8.5 million, a contract the Seahawks have shown no willingness to extend.

"I worked my whole life for this...."

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Earlier this month, writing for The Players' Tribune, Thomas said that he deserves to be paid accordingly as the only "Legion of Boom" mainstay still on the team.

A short time later, Thomas announced on Instagram that he would report to the Seahawks today.

The pressure is on the Cowboys now to make the Seahawks an offer they would accept, and so far, that hasn't happened. Time will tell, but for now, Thomas will remain in Seattle. Seattle has also been thought wanting to at least get more for Thomas than a third-rounder because the Seahawks could theoretically get a third-round pick in 2020 as compensation if Thomas were to sign elsewhere as a free agent (that wouldn't be guaranteed but Seattle had been thought setting that as at least a bar). Seattle wasn't interested; it wants more.

Seattle has no incentive to trade him as they are benefitting financially from him skipping out.

Thomas is a three-time first-team All-Pro and was the anchor for the Seattle defence that appeared in consecutive Super Bowls, winning the first.

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