The impasse between Earl Thomas and the Seahawks over his contract has gotten worse, and on Sunday morning the defensive back announced on Twitter that he was going to hold out.
Thomas is entering the final year of a four-year, $40 million contract he signed in 2015 — and it’s led to a difficult position for both sides. The Seahawks are in dire need of Thomas to anchor their defense, especially following the release of Richard Sherman and trade of Michael Bennett. However, Thomas is seeking one more long-term contract, and he’ll be 30 before the season begins. Nobody can blame the team for not thinking about their future and the danger of tying up too much cap space in an aging safety, should his level of play diminish in upcoming years.
In this stretch of a hypothetical, yep! The odds this would have all unfolded the way it did in one specific alternate universe are slim, but you can derive the logic behind each of these changes. The 2010-12 Bills were a ferris wheel of unfortunate quarterbacking, so it makes sense Brown’s leap would be delayed from his sophomore NFL season to a later date. The Patriots love stealing underappreciated skill players from divisionional rivals, so it makes sense they’d take a low-risk, high-reward gamble on Brown.
About a month into the 2016 season, Luck had consistently appeared on the injury report as a limited participant, typically on Thursdays. But the team continued to brush off concerns.
There isn’t some kind of chronic shoulder injury or anything like that, I promise you, Irsay told the Indianapolis Star before a Week 4 game in London. There are no surgeries planned. He is fine and the shoulder is something that just disappears into the woodwork when he wins his next MVP or when he wins a Super Bowl.
Luck played in 15 games that season, only missing one in November due to a concussion. Despite being on the injury report on a weekly basis, Luck completed a career-best 63.5 percent of his passes with 31 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and a 96.4 passer rating that was No. 9 in the NFL among starting quarterbacks.
With the injury never really slowing Luck or keeping him out of action, the quick surgery to repair the problem shortly after the end of the 2016 season didn’t raise many red flags. It wasn’t until the beginning of training camp that concern crept in.