Pete Carroll: Seahawks Have Had No Contact with Earl Thomas During Holdout

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 1, 2018

HOUSTON, TX- SEPTEMBER 29: Head coach Pete Carroll talks with Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks after fumbling the ball against the Houston Texans on September 29, 2013 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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The Seattle Seahawks haven't been in contact with veteran safety Earl Thomas as he continues his holdout, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Tuesday, per the Seattle Times' Bob Condotta.

Thomas is in the final year of his contract with the Seahawks and will make $10.4 million in 2018.

Carroll also discussed Thomas' holdout with NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

"We did communicate a while back," he said. "There's been kind of a clear stance, so there hasn't been much to talk about right now. We really miss Earl not being here. We wish he was here. He's one of us."

Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

Pete Carroll on Russell Wilson, Earl Thomas and low expectations on the outside for the 2018 #Seahawks. More on @nflnetwork https://t.co/0JTheiyxfC

In an Instagram post earlier this month, Thomas asked the Seahawks to trade him if they didn't plan on offering him a long-term extension: "Extend .....if you don't want me let's make a trade happen I understand it's a bizz."

NBC Sports Radio's Newy Scruggs reported the six-time Pro Bowler was "done" with the Seahawks and prepared to go so far as sell his house in Seattle ahead of a move elsewhere.

The News Tribune's Gregg Bell argued the ball is firmly in the Seahawks' court, though:

Gregg Bell @gbellseattle

Saying again: #Seahawks hold the leverage. Earl Thomas not reporting to training camp not a surprise. Has to come back eventually if he wants to get paid at all in 2018, and for this year to count on his deal toward free agency next spring. Team doesn’t NEED to do anything.

Thomas has been linked to the Dallas Cowboys ever since entering their locker room following Seattle's 21-12 win over the Cowboys on Christmas Eve last season. Scruggs also reported Thomas approached Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis about his desire to play in the Bay Area.

Based on Carroll's comments, though, the Seahawks are prepared to wait things out and test Thomas' resolve ahead of the regular season, which starts Sept. 9 against the Denver Broncos.