It’s all about the draft picks they might be able to get for Thomas,nfl authentic jerseys cheap the money they wouldn’t have to pay him and the potential for the situation to go south if, hypothetically, they were to hang onto Thomas but weren’t able to reach an agreement on a new deal this offseason.
The Seahawks are without picks in the second and third rounds, having given them up in their trades for Sheldon Richardson and Duane Brown, respectively. After their first-round pick, No. 18 overall, they aren’t scheduled to choose again until No. 120, and of their eight selections in all, six are between the fifth and seventh rounds.
The Seahawks are especially low on draft capital at a time when their roster needs an infusion of young talent as badly as it has since the early years of the Pete Carroll-John Schneider regime. There’s still a very solid core of players to build around, but consider all of the recently created holes.
Cornerback is a big one following Sherman’s release. Defensive line is another. Seattle traded one starter (Bennett), lost another in free agency (Sheldon Richardson) and a third (Cliff Avril) might never play again because of a neck/spine injury. The career of strong safety Kam Chancellor also is in jeopardy because of a neck/spine injury.
And that’s just on defense. The Seahawks also have lost two offensive starters in free agency — tight end Jimmy Graham and No. 2 receiver Paul Richardson. They’ve made moves aimed at replacing those players, but their offensive line is still in need of an upgrade or two.
Though trading Thomas would create another void and even further diminish the talent on Seattle’s defense, it could bring back valuable picks that would help the Seahawks as they try to reshape their roster.
Thomas’ contract is a main part of this equation. He’s entering the final year of a four-year, $40 million extension signed in 2014 and has threatened to hold out if he doesn’t get an extension. It’s presumed that Thomas, who turns 29 in May, wants a deal that either matches or tops that of Kansas City’s Eric Berry,nfl jersey wholesale the NFL’s highest-paid safety at $13 million per year.
There’s no question Thomas is every bit as good if not better than Berry. But giving big-money extensions to players approaching or over 30, with injuries starting to mount, is a risky proposition. The Seahawks have two fresh reminders of that with Bennett and Chancellor, and Thomas’ next deal could be the most expensive of the three.