RENTON Back in August, Earl Thomas said the day the Seahawks’ re-signed safety partner Kam Chancellor with $25 million guaranteed he had been watching how the team treated the 29-year-old Chancellor as he entered the final season of his contract.
“If the writing is on the wall, I want to be able to see it,” Thomas said Aug. 1 at the start of training camp, “because I could be next.”
One long, battering, humbling season later, Thomas is next. The three-time All-Pro free safety could be just two weeks away from facing the final year of his contract.
And the writing may indeed be on that wall for Thomas. At least he made it sound like that’s possible on Wednesday, one day after he earned his sixth Pro Bowl selection in eight seasons with the Seahawks.
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It will take wins Sunday at Dallas, New Year’s Eve over Arizona plus Santa, all his reindeer and more holiday luck from elsewhere for Seattle (8-6) to rally into the playoffs for sixth consecutive January.
“I'm about to go out there and ball out. It's all you can control,” Thomas said, a minute after saying there “wasn’t no conversation” between him and teammate Bobby Wagner to patch up their apparent issues. “Got three phases: Offense, defense and special teams. I'm sitting on the sideline when the offense is going out there. If they do something out there, I can't control it.
“Everybody on the team, just do they job. ... Not hard to do. Guys just gotta make up they mind we want to win--not just go out there for stats.”
He didn’t name names.
To Thomas, everyone needing to do their job includes the front office. He made it clear he hasn’t seen actions to convince him he will still be with Seattle beyond 2018.
Asked about his feelings about his future entering the final year of his contract with the only NFL team he’s know, Thomas, who turns 29 in May, said: “I know whoever gets me, I'm balling. That's it. I know I'm hot.
“It is what it is.”
Chancellor, of course, is now facing his career being in jeopardy because of a season-ending neck injury.
I asked Thomas if, almost five months later, he still feels the Seahawks’ deal to Chancellor makes him believe he (Thomas) has a place here with Seattle.
“I don't know. Actions speak louder than words,” Thomas said.
“I don't know.”