Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas (29) celebrates after the Seattle Seahawks recovered a San Francisco 49ers fumble during the 2013 NFC Championship football game at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated San Francisco 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Earl Thomas, Seahawks agree on 4-year, $40 million extension

Multiple reports indicated on Monday that Earl Thomas signed a four-year, $40 million extension with Seattle, making him the highest-paid safety in the league.

ESPN.com reported that the deal makes Thomas “the NFL’s first $10 million-a-year safety.”

Thomas has played in four seasons in the NFL, making the Pro Bowl three times. He is a big reason the Seahawks defense is the league’s best.

Last year, Thomas had a career-high in tackles (105) and tied a career-high with five interceptions. He also forced two fumbles and has forced at least one fumble in all four of his years in the NFL.

Now that Thomas is locked up to a long-term contract, the Seahawks next priority will be reaching a deal with Richard Sherman.

CBSSports’ Jason La Canfora reported that Seattle is trying to make Sherman the highest-paid corner in the league and they want to get the deal done in the next 10 days.

If Seattle wants to make Sherman the highest-paid corner in the league, they will have to give him a contract around $16 million per year.

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  • Ron Grummer

    SO Thomas’ contract extension activates after the current season! I don’t see why this isn’t more commonly done, it makes so much more sense. Now to lock up Sherman for at least a 3 year extension with this year’s base and bonus topping over $10M with a total around $26M plus performance incentives.

  • HD

    They also managed Bennett’s contract where most of his Salary goes out this year to open the way for Wilson next year…that and how this team has been built the since 2010 through the draft and coaching players up…find the new stars at lower contract rates..allowing them to make the in house or out of house occasional free agent move…to keep a core structure… New England is relevant year in and year out, even during the cap and high price free agency era for that very reason…Seattle will be fun to watch for the tenure of Carol and Schneider…due to all of the above…and coy cap management.

  • RegisHawk

    16 is the high water-mark for CB salary. As has been seen, it was an unsustainable number. Darrelle Revis got it for one year only; he’s now on a contract that will give him 12 million this year, then see him cut (in order to avoid the exorbitant charges placed in the 2nd year in order to make the contract palatable for the first year).