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Earl Thomas looking more likely to stay with Seahawks in 2018

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The Dallas Cowboys selected offensive lineman Connor Williams with the 50th overall pick on Friday. This is usually not news relevant to the Seattle Seahawks, but given weeks of speculation that the Cowboys could use the pick on a trade for Earl Thomas, it does seem worth noting.

Now that the second round of the NFL Draft is over, we can come closer to guaranteeing that Thomas will remain a Seahawk for at least the next few months. And probably the 2018 season.

There are never any guarantees, but Seattle seems incredibly unlikely to trade Thomas for a third round pick. Instead, Thomas will probably be with the Seahawks in camp and throughout the summer leading into the 2018 NFL season. if there was going to be a separation of Thomas and Seattle before the season, it is possible, as we saw with the New York Jets and Sheldon Richardson last year, but incredibly rare.

Thomas will make $10.4 million against the cap next season and is set to be a free agent in 2019. He has remained steadfast in his promise to want to be a Seahawk and remain in Seattle, but also knows that it is a business and has basically said that he’ll play for who pays him. Many people are questioning if Thomas wants to stay with the Seahawks past next season, and wonder if he will go to the Dallas Cowboys, but that requires two pretty important things to happen first:

Seattle would have to fall short on months and months of potential contract negotiations between now and then.

The Cowboys would have to want Thomas and to pay him the $13 million+ that he would potentially want. We have no indication that Dallas is interested at that level, even if they did hire Kris Richard as an assistant.

Like everyone else, I don’t know what’s going to happen with the Seahawks and Thomas in 2019. But as of 2018, I’m feeling pretty confident that the two sides will remain together.