For Seattle Seahawks fans who wanted the team to get rid of Earl Thomas after he threatened to holdout, or after he did hold out, or after he gave Pete Carroll the middle finger while a bone in his leg had just been broken moments before, Thomas had some bad news to deliver back to them: I want to retire as a Seahawk.
Though Thomas hinted at retirement thoughts a couple of years ago after he broke his leg the first time, there’s little chance that moment is coming soon. Thomas signed a four-year, $55 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens last month and he’s pretty solidly locked into that deal through at least 2021. Thomas and his agent did a nice job of securing his position with the Ravens because he’d still have $10 million in dead money if released before 2021, and $5 million in dead money if released before the 2022 season.
But on Wednesday, Thomas spoke to Rich Eisen and mentioned that he still has a lot of loyalty to Seattle and it’s where he wants to be remembered when all is said and done.
At 7:50 in the interview below, Thomas says “I envision myself retiring as a Seahawk.”
In the full interview, Thomas also says that he nearly signed with the Kansas City Chiefs and that the Seahawks were never the same after the Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots.
Meanwhile, Seattle still has a pretty huge question mark at safety next to Bradley McDougald. They’ll likely be opening a competition with Delano Hill and Tedric Thompson while taking a close look at safety in this month’s draft.