- Broken leg has ended the season of the six-time All-Pro safety
- Thomas was a hold out during training camp while pursuing a contract extension
- Middle-finger gesture lands Thomas in hot water with the NFL
Earl Thomas saw his NFL season ended last weekend, when the three-time All-Pro safety suffered a broken leg in the Seattle Seahawks’ narrow 20-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals as 3.5-point road favorites.
The injury is a devastating blow to Thomas, who has seen his relationship with the Seahawks deteriorate in recent months. Thomas remained a hold out throughout the offseason while demanding that Seattle either renegotiate his contract or trade him, but returned to the team in time for the start of the 2018 campaign.
With no new contract on the horizon, and Thomas twice skipping practice without authorization, the 29-year-old quickly found himself at the center of trade speculation, and a heavy -250 favorite to get dealt by the Seahawks at some point during the current season.
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While a deal is not likely to happen with Thomas now sidelined for the rest of the season, the likelihood of his return to Seattle has never been so low, with the odds of Thomas playing Game 1 of the 2019 NFL season with a team other than the Seahawks pegged at a massively short -10000 on the NFL specials at online sports betting site Bovada.
Thomas the Focus of Rampant Trade Speculation
The Kansas City Chiefs had been regularly mentioned as a destination in any potential trade for Thomas.
Kansas City has enjoyed a torrid 4-0 start and leads the NFL in points scored, averaging 36.3 per game. However, a porous defense has surrendered 28.8 points per game, tempering the Chiefs’ Super Bowl odds, which currently sit at +750.
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In addition, the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers had been mentioned as potential destinations for Thomas, who will be free to sign with any NFL team when his contract expires at the end of this season.
Middle-Finger Gesture Likely to Result in Fine
Judging by his reaction while getting carted off the field last weekend in Arizona, the likelihood of Thomas returning to Seattle next season appears low.
Thomas bid farewell to the Seahawks sideline with a middle-finger salute as he rolled off the gridiron. The widely publicized gesture is likely to land Thomas into hot water with the league, with the odds of a fine of OVER $12,150 getting levied pegged at -120.
Quick Recovery Key to Landing New Contract
With Thomas listed as a +1400 longshot of returning to the Seahawks for Game 1 of next season, there will be likely no shortage of teams lining up to express interest in his services next season.
Despite skipping OTAs and the entirety of Seahawks training camp, Thomas continued to display the form this season that has earned him six trips to the Pro Bowl. The 14th-overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Thomas racked up 22 tackles and three interceptions in four appearances before going down to injury last weekend.
How Thomas recovers from his season-ending injury will likely have a dramatic impact on what his next contract will look like
How Thomas recovers from his season-ending injury will likely have a dramatic impact on what his next contract will look like.
However, it has been no secret that the former Texas Longhorns star had been after a contract extension similar to the one given to Eric Berry last year by the Chiefs, who locked up the fifth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft to a lucrative six-year deal valued at $78 million.