Earl Thomas’ four-year, $40 million extension with the Seahawks is now official.
Thomas, with his family in tow, met with the media here today along with numerous Seattle coaches and officials to announce his new deal.
Thomas said he hadn’t been stressing the extension, saying he knew it would work out.
But the timing was not an accident as Thomas said he wanted to begin the season — which in his mind starts with the on-field OTAs in a few weeks — with “a clear conscience. That’s all I can ask for.”
Thomas was so anxious to get the deal done that, with his family running late, he tried to make up time on his way to the team’s training facility in Renton and got pulled over for speeding on the run outside.
“You know, that road is 25 miles per hour,” he said. “And I was only going 30.”
Thomas joked that “I only know one speed.”
Thomas said he did not get a ticket, which he called “the moral to the story.”
Seattle coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider said extending Thomas fit with the team’s off-season strategy to save up cap space to take care of their own core players.
Extending cornerback Richard Sherman is expected to be next, possibly within the next week or so.
Thomas said he had no worries that a new deal with Sherman will get done, saying “Sherm going to take care of itself, man. I’m not an agent, I’m a football player. But Sherm has everything under control. He’ll take care of it.”
Tweeted Sherman of Thomas’ deal:
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) April 29, 2014
We’ll have more later.
For now, here is some video of the beginning of Thomas’ press conference, and below that some video of Thomas talking about his new deal:
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