Earl Thomas Trade Rumors: Seahawks Star May Be Dealt During 2018 NFL Draft

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 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 have reportedly received at least two trade offers for free safety Earl Thomas.

On Friday, Michael Silver of NFL Network reported a "deal could still go down today or tonight" during the second and third rounds of the 2018 NFL draft. Silver noted the Hawks have enough cap space to keep Thomas if the right proposal doesn't materialize, though.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the Seahawks are "open" to trading Thomas but aren't actively "trying" to move him:

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Where do things stand with a possible Earl Thomas trade? https://t.co/jaxDPy6gyd

The update comes after Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll seemingly downplayed the potential for Thomas to get moved during an interview with KJR's Dave Mahler last week.

"He's a Seahawk," Carroll said. "I don't know what everyone's talking about."

He added: "Heck yeah, he better be [at training camp]. He's on the roster. We're counting on him."

The Seahawks defense has already lost two cornerstones this offseason with the release of cornerback Richard Sherman, who signed with the NFC West rival San Francisco 49ers, and the trade of defensive end Michael Bennett to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Thomas has spent his entire career in Seattle since being selected with the 14th overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft. He's earned six Pro Bowl selections and three First Team All-Pro nods.

The 28-year-old Texas native is entering the final year of his contract, which carries a $10.4 million cap hit for 2018, per Spotrac.

If Thomas is traded, Kam Chancellor would be the last defensive back standing from the original Legion of Boom, and his future is uncertain because of a neck injury.


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