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Seahawks Safety Earl Thomas Ends Holdout; Reports to Team

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas has ended his holdout and will report to the team Wednesday according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.

Arriving today means that Thomas will not miss out on any regular season checks, which in his case means $500,000 dollars per week on his scheduled $8.5 million base salary for 2018. The 29-year-old Pro Bowl safety had previously said he would not report without a new deal but the Seahawks have a history of holding firm with holdout safeties in the past, as Kam Chancellor didn’t get extra money when he tried this in 2015. And the Seahawks did not seem inclined to give in to Thomas’s demands that he be traded even as word surfaced that the Dallas Cowboys had upped their offer from a third-round pick to a second-rounder.

While it appears that Thomas will now play out the final year of his deal in Seattle, he made it clear he still feels bitterness towards the organization. In an Instagram post showing him working out, Thomas wrote the following: “I worked my whole life for this. I’ve never let me teammates, city or fans down as long as I’ve lived and don’t plan on starting this weekend. With that being said, the disrespect has been well noted and will not be forgotten. Father Time may have an undefeated record but best believe I plan on taking him into triple overtime when it comes to my career.”

It seems pretty obvious Thomas will be wearing a different uniform in 2019. And it still seems possible that a trade will be worked out at some point this season so that the Seahawks get some kind of compensation for their star safety.


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