2) Is disgruntled Earl Thomas going to be a distraction throughout the season
Speaking of the defense, their best player was recently holding out for top money. Earl Thomas is one of the best safeties in the NFL. He is in the last year of his contract and wants to be paid equivalently to other top safeties, like Eric Berry.
This had been a tenuous situation all offseason. Neither side seems to be budging much. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Seahawks rejected Dallas’ offer of a second round pick for ET3. Thomas stated on Instagram that he’s returning because he didn’t want to let his teammates down. He has let it be known that he is still irritated with management, and will continue to hold is ground on his next contract.
It will be interesting to see if Thomas plays for the Seahawks right away or if he will need time to get into game shape. If he is on board with playing, one would believe that he needs a week or two to get ready. What will the team think of his return? Will he be a distraction? Will the team still consider trading him even though Pete Carroll has said all along that he is a Seahawk?
Frankly, the Seahawks are much better with Earl Thomas in the fold. If Seattle does not move him this season, then the worse case scenario is that Thomas plays all season and walks at the end of it.
There is a possibility that the Seahawks trade him prior to the deadline if they have a subpar first half. One thing is for sure, Thomas still has to play well to maintain his value, so his motivation should not be a concern. He has also said he is a team player and that should keep him accountable enough to play hard. His overall attitude and loyalty to the franchise will be something to keep watch all season.