The Seattle Seahawks have given safety Earl Thomas a long-term contract extension, per Ian Rapoport. Rapoport reports that the deal is worth $40 million over four years, with $27.725 million guaranteed.
Which seems perfectly fair, since Thomas is probably the most complete safety in the NFL right now and still only 24-years-old. While everyone waits to see what kind of a contract extension Russell Wilson will get next year, it's pretty mind-boggling to consider that Wislon is older than Thomas, who was Pete Carroll and John Schneider's second overall pick since taking over the Seahawks in 2010.
Thomas was drafted 14th overall in 2010, eight picks after Seattle chose tackle Russell Okung and nine picks after the Kansas City Chiefs chose Eric Berry. It was the last time that players were drafted before the new CBA that set limits as far as what rookies could be paid. So while Berry received a deal worth over $50 million total, Thomas's total value was just over $18 million.
It's hard to complain when you're making buckets of duckets, but Thomas has deserved to be paid like a marquee NFL safety since he entered the league, basically, but as far as APY goes, he was behind guys like Reggie Nelson and Glover Quin.
Since locking up Kam Chancellor last year and rumors that Richard Sherman's new deal will be finalized before the draft, the heart of the Legion of Boom is all but assured to be around until nearly the end of the decade.