RENTON, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll stated Tuesday that he wished star free security Earl Thomas was collaborating within the workforce’s offseason program versus staying away as he seeks a brand new contract.
That was as a lot as Carroll lamented with regards to Thomas’ holdout, which the All-Professional introduced on social media over the weekend. It was in any other case enterprise as standard for Carroll and the Seahawks as they started their three-day obligatory minicamp.
Carroll started his information convention by ribbing a neighborhood media member who graduated from the U.S. Army Academy a couple of one-handed sideline catch made on the finish of observe by broad receiver Keenan Reynolds, a product of the Naval Academy.
On the sector, the Seahawks continued to rotate Delano Hill and Tedric Thompson in alongside Bradley McDougald because the first-team safeties, as they did throughout voluntary organized workforce actions in Thomas’ absence.
“I kinda had heard that he was making that choice,” Carroll stated when requested for his response to studying that Thomas can be holding out. “I wish he was here. That would be nice. But we’re focusing on the guys that are here, so we’ll see how that goes.”
Carroll stated he final spoke with Thomas a pair weeks in the past however did not elaborate. Requested if he believes Thomas nonetheless is mentally engaged, Carroll stated: “Yeah. Earl doesn’t know any other way. He gives you everything he’s got,” earlier than including the caveat, “when he’s with you.”
By skipping minicamp, Thomas is topic to as much as $84,435 in fines over all three days. Which will assist clarify why defensive finish Frank Clark and cornerback Byron Maxwell have been current Tuesday after staying away from voluntary OTAs.
Thomas, a six-time Professional Bowler and three-time first-team All-Professional choice, is getting into the ultimate yr of a four-year, $40 million extension. He was the NFL’s highest-paid security by way of annual common when he signed the deal in 2014 however has since fallen to sixth, with the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs‘ Eric Berry topping the listing at $13 million per yr and teammate Kam Chancellor ($12M) additionally amongst those that have surpassed him.
Chancellor signed that extension final summer season however is awaiting additional testing to find out if he can play once more following a career-threatening neck harm suffered in November. Michael Bennett‘s extension from late within the 2016 season is one other one that did not pan out, with Seattle buying and selling the Professional Bowl defensive finish to the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason.
Carroll was requested if Seattle’s method with Thomas, 29, is in any respect knowledgeable by what occurred the final time it gave big-money extensions to gamers nearing or over the age of 30.
“Everything counts,” he stated. “We take everything into account. Like I said, [these are] individual cases. Each player is unique in his own way. Earl couldn’t be a more unique player than he is. He’s been a great player for us and a great contributor and always, always answered the bell whenever. The only time he’s ever missed was that time he broke his leg [in 2016] , but other than that he has been a great player for us and we only expect that from him.”
Thomas missed 5 video games in 2016 and two final yr. McDougald, a former starter with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers whom Seattle signed final offseason and re-signed to a three-year deal in March, began at free security whereas Thomas was out final yr. He completed the season at sturdy security as soon as Chancellor went down.
The Seahawks have been utilizing him at each spots this offseason, most frequently with Hill enjoying sturdy security however at occasions with McDougald there and Thompson at free security.
“Bradley has really taken the lead, just as he did last year when he played,” Carroll stated. “He just picked right up and came in. He’s started a lot of football games in the league. He’s got a lot of background and it shows. Very confident. He’s a good communicator and he helps people just like our guys need to. So he’s just embraced that from the first day. So that’s not a problem at all.”
In 2017, Seattle drafted Hill within the third spherical out of Michigan, and Thompson within the fourth out of Colorado.
“When we picked them a couple years ago, we thought that someday they’re going to be players out here,” Carroll stated. “And so they’re making their pitch.”
Seattle additionally has veteran Maurice Alexander amongst its safeties. The previous Los Angeles Rams starter signed a one-year take care of Seattle within the offseason however hasn’t performed a lot throughout offseason work whereas rehabbing a shoulder harm.
“Mo’s an exciting player to add in here, too,” Carroll stated. “He’s a big hitter, real physical kid, played a lot of football, so he brings experience and toughness, and he’s almost 230 pounds. He’s a big kid back there. So it’s a good group. It’s a really good group.”
Quarterback Russell Wilson stated he wished Thomas — whom he known as “one of the best players ever to step on the football field” — was with the workforce whereas being cautious to not get into his contractual enterprise.
Wilson was requested if it issues that Thomas is not right here.
“Does it matter? I think it matters, obviously,” Wilson stated. “It’s one of your best players on the team. But I think that ultimately, I know more than anything else that Earl knows how to prepare. There’s no better player in terms of safety and really out of most of the defensive players I’ve ever played [against] that knows how to prepare better than him. So I’m not concerned about his preparation. I know that he’ll translate that and be ready to play when it’s time.”
There’s been no indication that the Seahawks are in any respect concerned with giving Thomas a brand new contract, which suggests there isn’t any telling when that point will come.
Carroll was requested if he expects Thomas to be again by Week 1.
“Well see,” Carroll stated. “We’ll see what happens.”