One of the best things about being a key player in your team’s Super Bowl run is not the ring you get for winning the big game. No, it’s negotiating your new contract during the off-season when the front office has little to no room to bargain with.
The new contract Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas just signed is a perfect example.
Thomas, who will just be 25 when next season starts, signed a four-year contract extension valued at $40 million with $27.725 million guaranteed.
Locking him in to a new contract was a no-brainer for the Seahawks front office. Last season alone he had 105 tackles and five interceptions; both were second best on the team.
Next up for the Seahawks front office will be to finish the deal for Thomas’ partner in crime—Richard Sherman, whose deal is expected to come close to if not be the highest among cornerbacks in the NFL.