Seahawks coach Pete Carroll comes to Earl Thomas’ defense

Ruben Holloway
October 2, 2018

After Thomas crumpled to the ground near the goal line as the Cardinals tied the game at 17 with about nine minutes left in the fourth quarter, he was driven off the field and to the locker room, his leg already in a cast.

On Sept. 5, All-Pro safety Earl Thomas announced the end of his offseason-long holdout from the Seattle Seahawks in an Instagram post. "It just wasn't. It was going to be about Earl getting his last big deal, feeling totally disrespected that he did not get a third contract from a team that had given him, and he'd earned, nearly $60 million - and he wanted more".

When Thomas' contract expires at the end of the year, he will become a free agent and free to sign with any team. and it likely won't be with the Seahawks. So give him a little slack.

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Thomas went down with a leg injury.

Thomas is expected to recover by February 2019, Brock said, at which time, it will be interesting to see what other teams think of the safety and "whether the market is going to respect him in the way that he thinks it should". "This is a very, very hard moment that most people would never understand what this is about". Unless your name rhymes with Dom Grady, even superstars get one, maybe two opportunities to truly cash in during their careers, assuming those moments aren't waylaid by, oh, season-ending "lower leg injuries".

Carroll was sympathetic to what must have been going through Thomas' head at that moment.

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Thomas held out the entire preseason as he tried to land a new contract with the Seahawks.

Several players and coaches have expressed how much Thomas will be missed. "I told him that we had him". The Seahawks now have to make some personnel moves to replace Thomas and injury TE Will Dissly in the lineup.

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