Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

28 Apr 2014

Seahawks Extend Earl Thomas

Per media reports, it's a four-year, $40 million extension, with $27.25 million in guaranteed money. Thomas will be the first safety in the NFL to make $10 million a year.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 28 Apr 2014

6 comments, Last at 01 May 2014, 12:43pm by commissionerleaf

Comments

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by theslothook :: Mon, 04/28/2014 - 7:09pm

Bit surprised it wasn't a 7 year deal. Or rather, suprised Thomas didnt demand 7 years, considering his next contract is unlikely to pay as much

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by Pen :: Mon, 04/28/2014 - 9:41pm

He'll only be 28 or 29 when his contract is up, so he'll still be in his prime and could bring in even more.

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by Jimmy Oz :: Tue, 04/29/2014 - 12:16am

He's 25 in a week or so, per PFR. Play out the last year of his rookie contract in 2014 before the new 4 year deal in 2015, so Seahawks have him for the next 5 years at just under 45 total. Happy days.

3
by peepshowmopguy :: Mon, 04/28/2014 - 11:03pm

I have no issues with this.

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by MC2 :: Mon, 04/28/2014 - 11:56pm

At first, it seems like a lot of money for a safety, but it's really hard to say they overpaid. He might very well be the second most valuable defensive player in the NFL.

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by commissionerleaf :: Thu, 05/01/2014 - 12:43pm

Sounds like a good deal for everyone. Thomas is set for life and will be under 30 and able to bilk some other team for an overpriced contract during his decline phase when this deal is over. The Seahawks get their most critical defensive piece locked up for the duration of their likely dynasty.

[Sherman may well be a better player, but he isn't as important to the Seahawks' scheme. Having a mediocre corner would mean the corner got burned few times on the outside. Having a mediocre FS would mean that they could not run their defense.]