Published: Tue, October 02, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll comes to Earl Thomas’ defense

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll comes to Earl Thomas’ defense

During the fourth quarter of Seattle's 20-17 win over Arizona, Thomas had to be carted off the field after suffering a season-ending injury to his left leg. While the Cardinals' sideline showed their support for Thomas, he raised his middle finger in the direction of the Seahawks' sideline.

He singled out the Dallas Cowboys as his preferred destination, but that did not happen. Thomas said upon his return that he determined that he had too much money to lose - $500,000 in weekly game checks - if he were to continue his holdout into the regular season. We had made good progress and I'll never forget that.

Earl Thomas was one piece of the legendary Legion of Boom, but it looks like his time with the Seahawks has come to an end.

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"I understand how the Steelers do contracts". That's not the case. It's year-to-year with the Steelers. He is in the final year of a contract that includes an $8.5 million salary. "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". "I get it when people want to pass judgement and cast aspersions and all that about something, but in the heat of the moment, with all of the emotional part of this and the injury and the pain and the discomfort, all of that - shoot, give the guy a break". Thomas and Bell, for the record, are the outliers: high-profile talents who can sit out, garner media coverage, and still slide back into the game if they so choose. And by "cash in", we mean "make a small percentage of their value from multi-billionaire team owners".

To say that the standoff between safety Earl Thomas and the Seahawks has been contentious is an understatement. "Team owners such as Jerry Jones, who recently said of the National Football League players he employs, "[they're] paid a lot of money to go out and incur those type [of] situations that have more risks in them".

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