Earl Thomas Skipping OTAs, Pete Carroll Unsure When Seahawks Star Will Join

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 6, 2018

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 24: Earl Thomas #29  of the Seattle Seahawks watches from the sideline during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on September 24, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas has yet to appear for the team's offseason workout program, and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll confirmed it's unclear when the six-time Pro Bowler will formally report.

"We'll find out. We've got to communicate," Carroll said Sunday, per ESPN.com's Brady Henderson. "Phase 2 doesn't look like it's suiting him right now, so we'll see, we'll see what's happening. Phase 3 is around the corner for us, so we'll see. We've got one more week of Phase 2."

Thomas is under contract for one more season before he's set to hit free agency. He told Henderson and Michael DiRocco in January he was considering a holdout if he and the Seahawks were unable to agree to an extension.

However, Seahawks general manager John Schneider said at a charity event in April that Thomas' representatives had reached out to the team to say a holdout wasn't on the table.

Seattle traded Michael Bennett to the Philadelphia Eagles and released Richard Sherman in March. The fact the Seahawks kept Thomas would seemingly indicate he's a part of their long-term plans.

Next month will give a better indicator as to whether Thomas is prepared to hold out for a new contract. The Seahawks' three-day mandatory minicamp starts June 12. Henderson noted Thomas would face an $84,435 fine if he skipped all three days.

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