Earl Thomas continues to be the main driving force behind Earl Thomas holdout stories. Usually with Instagram. On Monday, he made that even more apparent, posting the following message on Insta: “Always been the underdog ain’t nothing new . Extend .....if you don’t want me let’s make a trade happen I understand it’s a bizz”
There’s some interesting stuff in there, most importantly that one of the best safeties of all-time considers himself an “underdog.”
I don’t know if there’s ever been a time that Thomas has been considered an “underdog.” He was an all-state high school player in Texas; a track and field star; a Texas Longhorn; a Freshman All-American; player in the BCS National Championship; was a first round pick; a three-time All-Pro; and a Super Bowl champion.
Is this because he was drafted after Eric Berry and 12 other players in 2010? That’s not that bad. In 2014, he became the second-highest paid safety in NFL history when he signed a $40 million deal, behind only Berry’s contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. Thomas is Goliath and I don’t know why there’d be anything wrong with that. Give me 53 Goliaths.
I have never sided with either Thomas or the Seahawks. I don’t see why Seattle should budge and I don’t have a problem with Thomas wanting to test them anyway. He’s a free person and has no obligation to play football for the Seahawks until he’s comfortable doing so under a new contract. That’s his right. I do think it’s a bit of a contradiction however to say that you understand that it’s a business right after you imply that it’s personal. I don’t believe there’s a single person in the Seattle front office that doesn’t “want” Earl Thomas. That’s why they gave him the $40 million deal. They want him ... at that price.
And they’re not going to trade him unless an offer comes along that beats having him on the team next season, because I would assume — given the Kam Chancellor holdout — that the Seahawks believe that Thomas will eventually report.
They could extend him, they could trade him, they could do nothing, but one thing is for certain: He’s not the underdog. And why would he want to be? Underdogs don’t get paid.