With a barrage of departures coming out from Seattle, the biggest off-season concern so far is the status of Earl Thomas.
Coming out of Texas, Earl Thomas was drafted in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft by Seattle. His eight-year career has been nothing short of amazing. A Super Bowl Champion in 2013, a six-time Pro Bowler with three first team All-Pro honours, Earl has cemented himself as one of the best safeties in the league.
However, Speculation has been mounting throughout the off-season over the potential departure of Earl Thomas with Seattle clearing out their major stars. Richard Sherman was cut and signed with NFC West rivals San Francisco 49ers, Michael Bennett was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, Jimmy Graham joined the Green Bay Packers and Sheldon Richardson joined the Vikings in free-agency. An off-season full of changes may put doubt into the minds of Seahawks fans and that could soon worsen with the potential departure of Earl.
It’s no secret that Seattle have been entertaining offers for all their stars and reports have emerged that any offer for Earl will have to be high, in the region of a 1st & 3rd round draft pick. The Seahawks do not have any second or third round draft picks and this is could be of the reasons as to why they are entertaining offers for all players.
The All-Pro Safety is in the final year of his contract and both sides are in talks of a potential extension although it is unclear as to whether a deal will be agreed.
Should a trade materialise, the Cowboys would be Earl Thomas’ ideal destination having played his college football in Texas, the state he’s from. With the NFL Draft looming, a deal for Earl would be done prior to that but as of right now, the Pro Bowl defender is staying in Seattle.