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Morning Links: A look at Thomas' contract

Good morning.

Earl Thomas' new contract has been posted and this is the year-by-year breakdown of his deal:

20144725000.00
20155500000.00
20168000000.00
20178500000.00
20188500000.00

They have more details on Thomas' contract you can read here. Thomas maxes out at a $10,5 million cap figure in the last year of the deal.

According to the NFL Players' Association's public site, the Seahawks have $12,800,225 in salary cap space remaining after paying Thomas. That's ample space to extend Richard Sherman and still be in good shape to extend Russell Wilson's deal next season as the cap continues to expand. I'd also expect the Seahawks to nail down one of their young linebackers, most likely K.J. Wright.  He's entering the final season on his deal, and a two-year extension would seem to make sense. The Seahawks drafting a linebacker next week also would not be a surprise.

One other note: Friday is the last day Doug Baldwin, who was tagged with a second-round tender, can sign with another team. If he does, the Seahawks have the right to match the contract. If they decline to match, the Seahawks would receive a second-round pick.

If Baldwin does not sign with another team, he can sign the one-year, $2.2 million offer the Seahawks tendered to him or holdout in hopes he can leverage a longer deal. Baldwin has been seen at offseason voluntary workouts, so the holdout approach appears unlikely.

Links:

> Denver's Julius Thomas said the Broncos' lack of execution was the issue in the Super Bowl more so than the Seahawks' physical play.

> The Seahawks have until Saturday to pick up James Carpenter's fifth-year option. Here's a look at all the other first-rounders from 2011 and their option status.

> Sherman will be at the White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday night.

> Five experts, including Mike Holmgren, talk Johnny Manziel at MMQB.

> The Browns signed quarterbacks Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen.

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