Interesting story from Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas on his hold-out. Says he wants an extension to know the team will take care of him if he's injured. Earl is in the final year of a $40 million deal. I think his family is OK, financially speaking, if he never plays again after this season.
Look, I get it. NFL contracts compared to MLB and the NBA are terrible. It's all about guaranteed money in the NFL. A team can say it gave a player a $75 million, 5-year deal, but often less than half of that is guaranteed and the team can release the player without ever paying the full amount.
Thomas, however, already has banked an enormous amount of money. He's in no danger of financial woes if he suffered a career-ending injury. Players sometimes have to play out the final year of a contract before they get another one. Teammate and veteran linebacker K.J. Wright is doing that now. So is defensive end Frank Clark. Maybe they both play well and get a new deal in the middle of the season.
It isn't a good situation if they get hurt, but the blame lies with the players' union and the Collective Bargaining Agreement that didn't allow players to receive fully guaranteed deals.
This story from Thomas won't make the Seahawks waiver on that hard-line stance and it probably won't chance the minds of many fans, one way of the other.