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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Seattle Seahawks star Earl Thomas is holding out of minicamp in hopes of a new contract but things are a little bit more complex than that in the Emerald City. Last year Thomas told Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett to “come get me” and it’s obvious the 6x Pro Bowler would like to move on from the Seahawks. Earl Thomas might not come out and directly say that because it will cause a backlash but make no mistake about it he’s hoping for a way out. Now to be fair the financial side of things is a big part of it. Thomas has been one of the best safeties in the league ever since being drafted out of the University of Texas back in 2010. Nobody patrols the secondary like Thomas and he deserves to be compensated for his consistent output. The problem is the Seahawks are a long ways away from being a true contender. Seattle missed the postseason last season and since then Jimmy Graham, Michael Bennett, and Richard Sherman have all left town. Why would the veteran defensive back want to stay in a situation where his talents will only yield lackluster results? Nobody wants to put their body on the line for that and now the Seahawks have a predicament on their hands. If they pay Thomas it’ll be costly and a huge salary cap hit during their rebuild. Earl Thomas could start slowing down as he becomes older too so it’s not exactly ideal. All of those factors might lead Seattle to try to trade their ball hawking defender. Dallas might be Thomas’ first option but after announcing he’ll hold out the Seahawks might be more inclined to trade him to whoever will give their team the most assets for the future.
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Earl Thomas is bluffing he wants out of Seattle.