Seattle Seahawks player Earl Thomas has confirmed that he will not take part in the franchise’s mandatory team activities, until his contract demands have been met. Thomas has been tipped with a move to the Dallas Cowboys since last December, but is reported to be seeking a new contract deal with the Seahawks before the start of the 2018 NFL season.
The NFL’s preseason preparations wouldn’t be complete without a number of high-profile contract situations, and 2018 is no different. Earl Thomas is the man currently under the spotlight this week, and the 29-year-old is showing no signs of backing down until his contract situation has been resolved. Even if that means missing the Seahawks mandatory mini-camp.
“I will not be attending the upcoming mini-camp of any team activities until my contract situation is sorted,” said Thomas via Twitter.
“I want everyone especially the 12s to know that I want to remain a Seahawk for the rest of my career but I also believe that based on my production over the last eight years, I’ve earned the right to have this taken care of as soon as possible.
“I want to have certainty in regards to the upcoming years of my career. I’m going to continue to work my craft and put in work so that I can add to the team and give us the best chance to win.
“I hope my team-mates understand where I’m coming from, I believe this is the right thing to do. E.T.”
The news comes as no big surprise to Seahawks fans, with Thomas not in attendance at any of the Seahawk’s previous OTAs this off-season. Whether the franchise will cave to Thomas’ demands remains to be seen; however, the talented safety can point to plenty of reasons why the Seahawks should keep him around. Thomas was instrumental to the Seahawks 2014 Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos. He is also a six-time Pro-Bowler, who’s regular season stats have remained consistent over his eight seasons in the NFL.
Thomas could incur a fine should he fail to turn up for the Seahawks mini-camp. The minimum fine is reported to be $14,070, with the maximum penalty for missing all three-days totalling $84,435.