Earl Thomas is staying away from the Seattle Seahawks during OTAs because he wants a new contract. Can the Green Bay Packers trade for him and not lose much?
Every offseason there has been at least one big name in the NFL who wants to hold out until he receives a new contract or is traded. This year its Seattle Seahawks’ safety Earl Thomas that has already said he’s clearly upset with his current contract. Should or could the Green Bay Packers jump all over that?
Thomas reported he’s not showing up for the rest of OTAs and mandatory minicamp until he gets his contract resolved. It seems he could wait even longer than that because Seattle looks like they aren’t budging on trying to get a new contract for him.
There was a distinct factor that it wasn’t even about the contract last year when Thomas ran down the tunnel after Cowboys head coach Jason Garret following a game. What he said next was stunning; “If Y’all have the chance, come get me,” That statement alone from Thomas opened the eyes to the whole NFL that he wanted out of Seattle.
Plenty of teams tried reaching out to Seattle to trade for Thomas during free agency and the draft. No trades seemed to match the value Seattle holds him at. The highest Seattle was offered during the draft was two second-round picks and they turned down the offer because they see his value as a first rounder. I don’t disagree with Seattle asking for a first, but the longer they wait, the bigger the rift grows between the two parties.
There is one team that has a good bit of player value and a new general manager not afraid to pull the trigger on big deals. That team is the Packers and no one should count out them out with Brian Gutekunst at the helm. He looks at every possible avenue and a big trade for Thomas definitely shouldn’t be ruled out because there is plenty of time left in the offseason.