Wednesday morning brought three more twists to the Earl Thomas saga.
First, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Dallas Cowboys had recently improved their offer for the All-Pro safety. A second round pick has eluded the Seattle Seahawks all offseason as Thomas held out for either a new contract or a trade; per Schefter, the Cowboys finally put a second round selection on the table. Yet, the offer was rejected.
Within the past week, Dallas upped its offer to the Seahawks for Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas to a second-round pick, per sources. Seattle wasn’t interested; it wants more.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 5, 2018
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport followed up on Schefter’s report, saying Dallas bowed out of trade negotiations after offering a second.
The #Cowboys upped their offer to a 2nd round pick in recent days… then bowed out. They tried like crazy but were out. That helped ensure that Earl Thomas was staying in Seattle, which he announced on Instagram.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 5, 2018
Soon after Schefter’s update was first reported, another turn was added. Per Josina Anderson, Thomas plans on reporting to the Seahawks on Wednesday, ending his lengthy holdout.
Thomas, as he has done all offseason, communicated his side of the story via an Instagram post published shortly after Anderson’s report.
I worked my whole life for this..... I’ve never let me teammates, city or fans down as long as I’ve lived and don’t plan on starting this weekend. With that being said, the disrespect has been well noted and will not be forgotten. Father Time may have an undefeated record but best believe I plan on taking him into triple overtime when it comes to my career.
Per Rapoport, Seattle has agreed to clear the majority of Thomas’s fines as he returns.
The Seahawks begin their week of practice for Week 1 against the Denver Broncos on Wednesday afternoon. With Tedric Thompson still banged up, there’s a chance Thomas goes from holding out to Week 1 starter in a matter of days.