Posted February 02, 2014

Earl Thomas will reportedly be Seattle’s top offseason priority

NFC West, NFL Free Agency, Seattle Seahawks
Earl Thomas didn't win Defensive Player of the Year, but he's about to get paid.

Earl Thomas didn’t win Defensive Player of the Year, but he’s about to get paid. (Jim Dedmon/Icon SMI)

Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas isn’t a free agent until the 2015 season, but according to one report, head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider won’t be taking any chances when it comes to losing the man who might be their best defensive player. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Seahawks have already made it clear that re-signing Thomas to an extension will be the team’s offseason priority.

Selected with the 14th pick in the 2010 draft out of Texas, the 24-year-old Thomas made $2.05 million in 2013 and will nab $4.625 million in 2014, including various performance-based salary escalators. Given the level of performance he’s exhibited over the last few seasons, that’s quite a bargain among free safeties. Pittsburgh’s Troy Polamalu is making $9.125 million per year and San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle signed a five-year, $40 million deal in 2011.

Thomas received seven votes in the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year award process, but there are those who would argue that he was the man deserving of the award that went to Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly. In the 2013 season, Thomas set a career-high with 105 tackles and tied his single-season mark with five interceptions. More than stats, though, it’s Thomas’ closing speed, disciplined aggression and leadership that make him a very special player.

“I think Earl Thomas might have one of the highest football IQs I’ve ever heard of, and he studies the game to a T,” Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman said last week. “He studies it day, night, night and day. In the morning, at night — he’s probably studying it right now. You’ve got Kam Chancellor, who does the same thing, he studies the game to a T. So when you see [strong safety] Kam Chancellor going downhill to make those huge hits and those huge plays, and Earl going to make those, it’s because they know the play is coming. They’re not guessing out there. It’s a real testament to us as a group.”

Locking up Sherman will also be a priority, according to Rapoport, which isn’t a huge surprise given the importance each player has in Seattle’s NFL-best defense. The Stanford graduate, taken by the Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2011 draft, is also poised to be a free agent in 2015. Sherman led the NFL with eight interceptions in 2013, and he’ll make just $1.329 million in base salary in 2014.

14 comments
TheSportsAuthority
TheSportsAuthority

I wanted Dallas so bad that year to trade up for Earl. I think we traded down and got Dez that season so that was awesome but as a UT guy...ET was can't miss in my mind.

ken.burnside
ken.burnside

I think they may have named Malcolm Smith an honorary safety and LoB member after this game. 

brucem
brucem

Interesting too that Pete Carroll took heat and drafted Earl Thomas over Taylor Mays, his own USC safety at the time and a Seattle native.

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

Sherman says... "...when you see [strong safety] Kam Chancellor going downhill to make those huge hits... and Earl going to make those, it’s because they know the play is coming..."


So ole Sherm is talking about Kam and Earl, praising them and that's good.  Then Sherm ends with, "It’s a real testament to us as a group."


He interjects himself by saying it's a testament to US.


Even when trying to sing the praises of well deserving teammates, it's about him too...


Guess if i would have listened to Sherman better I would have heard things like this before from him, "hey man, you played a great game out there, it's a testament to US the way you played man..."


"You know man, Russell played a great game... he was able to because of the way I relaxed him by playing such great "D".  His great game was a testament to US man".


"I'm the greatest.  I'm so good, I make the water the water boy brings us taste better!  The water boy's great game is a testament to US man, him and me..."



derekleewhite
derekleewhite

@Sportsfan18  he is talking about how hard the secondary works during each week so they are all prepared to make big plays u wish u were a seahawk fan but no ur just one o those haters who helped them get mad and best defense in the league mad is not good for the other team

derekleewhite
derekleewhite

@Sportsfan18  ur an idiot he was talkin bout the l-o-b aand entire defense as a whole find any little thing to not like someone he is the best corner in the nfl and you know it 

JohnBernett
JohnBernett

@Sportsfan18  a team is always about "us" , sounds like ya need to do a research on him before you comment. He is a pretty good guy once ya get past the media hype.  He has played well enough the media just loves to sensationalize him at any given chance. 

Dean9
Dean9

@Sportsfan18  you are a moron....he praised his teammates.  Talked them up.  He also deserves some credit.  Special players don't take backseats when talking about their talents.  False modesty would be just looking for compliments.  Sherman knows he's good but he knows his teammates are good also.  Deal with it.  Stop thinking like a loser.

moist
moist

Wow you are a clown. Any understanding of the Hawks as a team and the secondary specifically and you see a tight knit group who work together. They thrive on working together. You, however, have to FAKE quotes to make a FAKE point.

You are a clown. No need for fake quotes