Earl Thomas remained a no-show for voluntary workouts with the Seattle Seahawks, skipping the entire three-day minicamp concluded Sunday.
Head coach Pete Carroll said the Seahawks are optimistic Thomas will report soon, but the team has no definitive commitment from the All-Pro free safety.
“We’ll find out. We’ve got to communicate,” Carroll said Sunday. “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 was discussed in trades, reportedly including the Dallas Cowboys, during an offseason overhaul during which the Seahawks moved on from cornerback Richard Sherman and defensive end Michael Bennett. Defensive end Cliff Avril was released over the weekend with a failed physical designation and strong safety Kam Chancellor’s future remains up in the air due to a neck injury.
Thomas wants a new contract and is expected to skip voluntary workouts until the team attempts to address his status. He is entering the final season of a four-year, $40 million deal signed in 2014.
General manager John Schneider said Thomas’ agents informed the Seahawks there would be no holdout.
“Veterans, they sometimes look at those rules and they see ‘voluntary’ and they see it differently than other guys,” Carroll said. “So we’ll see.”
If Thomas decides to skip the mandatory minicamp June 12-14, he can be fined $84,435.
–Field Level Media