Report: Thomas is committed, so Hawks want to keep him

Logo -- Free agencyEarl Thomas’ visit to the Dallas locker room late last season concerned John Schneider and Pete Carroll enough that they wondered whether Thomas wanted to be in Seattle anymore. Thomas told them he did, and that’s why they are recommitted to keeping him, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

As with Richard Sherman last year, Schneider and Carroll reportedly would trade Thomas if they got a great offer — said to be a first-rounder and a fourth. But, short of that, they apparently are willing to pay Thomas the $14 million APY it will take — probably on a short deal (maybe three years).

On NFL Network on Thursday, Seahawks play-by-play announcer Steve Raible said he thinks Thomas will be back because “Pete Carroll loves him.”

Michael and Martellus Bennett wanted to play together in New England, according to Rapoport. Martellus would have taken a pay cut to play with his brother. The Patriots reportedly offered a third for Michael and a fifth, but they were too late; Schneider already had a deal with the Eagles and did not want to renege. The Bennetts were both gone from their teams on the same day.

The Seahawks have brought in three street free agents this week: LB Brian Cushing (cut by Houston), RB Jonathan Stewart (Carolina) and DE Derrick Shelby (Atlanta). Stewart is almost 31 and averaged a career-low 3.4 YPC last season. He’s not worth any more than a veteran minimum deal. Shelby is a run-stopping end who also should be cheap. He headed to visit Cleveland next.

DeMarco Murray, 30, also was released by Tennessee — and could end up wheeling through Seattle, too, as the Seahawks make another foray into the veteran RB market (they picked Eddie Lacy over Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles last year).

Former Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson left his Green Bay visit for New Orleans. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Seahawks brought him in — although he reportedly is tough to coach.

Paul Richardson’s market seems fairly set after the 49ers and Marquise Goodwin agreed on three-year extension worth $20.3 million. In 2017, Goodwin caught 56 passes on 105 targets, gaining 962 yards and scoring twice. Richardson’s numbers: 44/80-703-6. The Seahawks are not expected to pay Richardson $7 million a year.

The Seahawks, expected to release Richard Sherman, won’t owe him anything unless he can’t pass a physical by Oct. 1. In such a case, the CBA mandates an injury guarantee of $1.15 million. The same applies to Cliff Avril, who seems more likely to receive the payout.

The Seahawks reportedly won’t tender ERFA DT Garrison Smith, who was up and down from the practice squad last year.

The Seahawks checked out the Pro Day of Fordham RB Chase Edmonds (5-9, 210, 4.53), a late Day 3 option (per Tony Pauline).


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