The big news on this final day before the start of the 2018 NFL regular season is the plan for Seattle Seahawks All-Pro safety Earl Thomas to end his holdout and report to the team. This comes despite the Dallas Cowboys reportedly upping their offer from a third-round pick to a second-rounder, which the Seahawks turned down because they wanted more.
Whatever the case, Thomas is still a Seahawk, the expectation is he’ll soon be on the 53-man roster, and it means that we should see the best player in the secondary (and the last member of the original Legion of Boom) back on the field soon.
Of course, even though Earl is the longest-tenured Seahawks player on the entire team, he held out all offseason, so he didn’t participate in any team activities. Will he still play in Week 1 at the Denver Broncos? When speaking to Denver media, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll didn’t confirm either way.
Pete Carroll said he has met with Earl Thomas.— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) September 5, 2018
Is he playing Sunday?
"We'll let you know."
If Thomas is not a go for this weekend, that means that original plans prior to Wednesday’s news would go forward. The starting safety pairing would be Bradley McDougald and Tedric Thompson, with the latter garnering much praise from Carroll during training camp. Then again, so did Dion Bailey when Kam Chancellor held out, and we know that didn’t turn out well.
For now, it looks like Earl is coming back, the question that will soon be answered is when he’s going to suit up again.