Published: Thu, September 06, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Earl Thomas Reports To Seahawks, Will Play Out Final Year Of Contract

Earl Thomas Reports To Seahawks, Will Play Out Final Year Of Contract

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas appears set to end his lengthy holdout in time for the start of the regular season, even without a new contract. Rapoport added that the Cowboys "tried like crazy" to acquire Thomas but were out.

As ESPN's Adam Schefter revealed earlier in the day Wednesday, the Cowboys offered a second-round pick for Thomas and then opted to back out when it was declined. Obviously, this is monster news for the Seahawks, but disappointing for Dallas.

He addressed his absence from the team in an Instagram post on Wednesday.

It's clear the teams have had multiple discussions over a long period of time about how they can come together to make Thomas' apparent dream of playing for the Cowboys come true, but the Seahawks are in a tough position with Thomas being their best defensive player and only under contract for one more year.

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"I've never let me teammates, city or fans down as long as I've lived and don't plan on starting this weekend", he wrote. Cowboys officials said during training camp that they hadn't really had any talks with the Seahawks since the draft.

The Cowboys visit Thomas and the Seahawks in Seattle in Week 3.

Thomas published an article on The Player's Tribune last month titled, "Here's What's Actually Going On", in which he issued the team an ultimatum: pay me, or trade me. With that being said, the disrespect has been well noted and will not be forgotten. That likelihood, apparently, is enough to keep the Cowboys brass from ponying up whatever pot-sweeteners Seattle now wants. He would stand to miss out on $500,000 each week he skips during the regular season; that's the amount of each game check as part of his $8.5 million salary for 2018.

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