With one huge trade already occurring on roster cut day, could the Seahawks make it two by trading Earl Thomas?
In just a few hours, the Seahawks will announce their 53-man roster to start the 2018 season. Will Earl Thomas be on the list or will he be traded? According to NFL.com, several teams are interested in acquiring the safety.
We all know that the NFL is a copy-cat league. If one team does something unexpected or new, a second team usually soon follows doing the same thing. Earlier on Saturday, linebacker Khalil Mack was traded from the Oakland Raiders to the Chicago Bears in a massive move. The Raiders got two first-round picks in return, it appears.
There is no way that Seattle will get as much as the Raiders in return for Thomas. At this point, the Seahawks would be lucky to get a first-rounder. But one shouldn’t rule out the possibility and Seattle might have Chicago to thank for it.
NFL executives notice, of course, when a team is making a big move to improve itself. If one team sees the Bears making splash moves, that team could also see acquiring Thomas as an immediate improvement too.
We do not know who might be asking about Thomas. Besides the Cowboys, obviously. But if reports are true and several teams are interested in trading with Seattle then the Seahawks asking price might be increased in negotiation. This is how the Raiders got so much from the Bears.
Seattle still has bargaining power for Thomas. They don’t have to trade the safety and Thomas, if he doesn’t want his contract tolled, has to play prior to week 10 for Seattle. Plus, a team wanting to finalize its roster and get under the cap might want to go for Thomas prior to 1 pm PT Saturday. That is when final rosters have to be in to the NFL.