Seahawks S Earl Thomas to Cowboys coach Jason Garrett: ‘Come get me’
Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas helped lead his team to a victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Christmas Eve, eliminating the Cowboys and keeping playoff hopes alive for the Seahawks.
But Thomas was thinking way ahead after the game. He has made it rather clear he’s disgruntled with the Seahawks and he’s entering a contract year in 2018, so he took an opportunity to send a clear message to Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. Thomas sought Garrett out just outside the locker room after the game and was caught on video telling him, “Come get me.”
After speculation about what exactly that might mean, Thomas, a Texas native, made it clear.
“We had a great win. I feel like we played lights-out. Just emotional,” Thomas said according to Brady Henderson of ESPN.com. “I went to the locker room to talk to [Dez] Bryant, and I saw Coach Garrett. I’ve always been a Cowboys fan growing up. But the biggest thing when I say ‘Come get me’ is, I don’t literally mean like, ‘Come get me now.’
“I’m still in the prime of my career. I still want to be here, but when Seattle kicks me to the curb, please — the Cowboys — come get me. That’s the only place I would rather be if I get kicked to the curb. So that’s what I meant by it. People take life too serious. That’s just who I am.”
But the thing is, the Cowboys’ chance to “go get” Thomas might be sooner than you’d think. Despite the fact that Thomas is still playing at a world-class level, Seattle proved to be tough on Thomas’ fellow Pro Bowl safety Kam Chancellor when he requested a new contract last offseason.
As Thomas enters the final year of his contract carrying a $10.4 million cap hit, the Seahawks could save $8.5 million by granting him his release. While that seems silly considering that he’s still a dominant force in the secondary, he’ll be 29 and if they can’t get a long-term deal done, there’s a high likelihood that Thomas will cause a scene with a holdout.
Perhaps the Seahawks could pursue a trade with Dallas and try to get some assets for Thomas, because he’d certainly be a welcomed addition to the Dallas secondary.