Earl Thomas Trade Rumors: Seahawks Will Listen to Offers on Star Safety

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2018

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 10: Safety Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks on the sideline with a Gatorade Towel wrapped around his head during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on December 10, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jaguars defeated the Seahawks 30 to 24. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
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The Seattle Seahawks will reportedly "listen to trade offers" for safety Earl Thomas, but it doesn't sound like the team is actively shopping him in advance of the new league year. 

NFL Network's Michael Silver relayed the news Wednesday and added the Seahawks would "obviously be seeking a lot in return."

Silver also said the Seahawks will be "open for business" when it comes to dealing Thomas if they receive a trade offer that overwhelms them, according to NFL.com's Chris Wesseling

The nuggets from Silver come two days after NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said the Seahawks "would like to do a long-term deal" with Thomas and "have him firmly in their plans for the 2018 season." 

As an organization, the Seahawks are in the midst of a major personnel overhaul. 

The team reportedly agreed to trade defensive end Michael Bennett and a seventh-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday in exchange for wide receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, and more moves could be coming this week. 

Citing sources, Rapoport reported cornerback Richard Sherman "has told teammates goodbye over the past 24 hours"—an indication he won't be on the team next season. 

According to Silver, the Seahawks plan to release Sherman within the next two days. He added the team would be open to re-signing him if the sides can agree to a more team-friendly deal. 

Thomas, meanwhile, is scheduled to earn $10.4 million in the final year of his contract. 

And despite his public overtures about a future partnership with the Dallas Cowboys, he's maintained a desire to stay in Seattle. 

"I want to finish my career there," he told ESPN.com's Michael DiRocco and Brady Henderson in January. 

"... As far as my future in Seattle, I think if they want me, you know, money talks. We'll get something accomplished. Other than that, I'm just taking it one day at a time."