According to a source close to the situation, it's his understanding that the Seahawks may now want a first-round pick for Thomas.
After holding out through the entire preseason, All-Pro safety and rumored Cowboys trade target Earl Thomas is reporting to the Seattle Seahawks ahead of their first regular season game. But he is apparently reporting nonetheless, the latest step in a story that began previous year when he began making rumblings of wanting a new contract, and a story that likely has many more chapters to come.
Earlier this month, writing for The Players' Tribune, Thomas said that he deserves to be paid accordingly as the only "Legion of Boom" mainstay still on the team.
"Until something changes", Rapoport elaborated on NFL GameDay Season Preview on Tuesday, "my understanding is Earl Thomas is not expected to show up and play for the Seahawks."The Seahawks tried to find a trade partner for Thomas, who had previously stated he wouldn't report without a new contract in place, but were unable to come to terms on a deal. A source confirmed to the Times the news of the second-round offer and Seattle's refusal to accept it.
NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport said Wednesday that Thomas will play out the final year of his deal in Seattle and that the Seahawks agreed to wipe out nearly all of his fines for not showing up to training camp.
Thomas stood to begin losing game checks of $500,000 per weekend if he does not report in time to be on the active roster for the opening game, that is, 24 hours before Sunday's 1:25 p.m.
Seattle has not wanted to give Thomas an extension, apparently as part of its "retooling" that also saw the team move on from the likes of Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett, wanting Thomas to play out the final year.
Seattle had been thought wanting at least a second-round pick all along with it thought Dallas had not offered more than a third.
Thomas took to instagram today to announce he will report to Seahawks camp today, but it's clear he doesn't expect to be back in Seattle after this season.