Earl Thomas spent a decade with the Seattle Seahawks after being drafted by them in 2010, but that came to a crashing end after his season ended prematurely in 2018 where he was carted off the field and throwing up a middle finger to the sidelines.
It was just pure speculation at the time that he was giving that finger to the Seahawks front office after he didn’t get the contract that he wanted and now he got injured out on the field.
Last week, the much-coveted veteran safety agreed to a massive contract and to take his talents to the Baltimore Ravens. In his first words that were published by Peter King in a column, the all-pro made clear exactly for whom the gesture was intended.
“A lot of frustration that day,” Thomas said, via King. “I was in a battle with the team, and I chose to play, and I was betting on myself. So when it happened, it just added to my frustration. I did what I did, and I saw Pete Carroll, and I just was like, ‘You won. You won.’ Just a very disappointing day.”
In that moment and what just happen, Thomas likely knew he had lost millions of dollars because of that injury and his frustration came out immediately.
When it comes to possible suitors for his services, the Ravens were never on his radar.
“The Ravens were never in the picture,” Thomas told King, reiterating a comment he also made Friday. “I was shocked. I was blessed.”
King went on to state that the deal with the Ravens came together in two hours and 10 minutes.
During his time in Seattle, Thomas racked up six trips to the Pro Bowl as well as three first-team All Pro and two second-team All Pro selections.
As far as Pete Carroll goes, Thomas will see him again as the Ravens are scheduled to play the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in 2019.
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