Earl Thomas Hopes to Retire as a Member of Seahawks

Earl Thomas during his time with the Seahawks in 2017. Photo by Romeo Guzman/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

After spending nine seasons with Seattle Seahawks, Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas decided to move on and sign with the Baltimore Ravens back in March. And while Thomas’ exit from Seattle wasn’t on best of terms, the 29-year-old still hopes to wear Seahawks’ uniform once more before ending his career.

During his appearance on The Rich Eisen Show, Thomas said that he would like to return to Seattle one day and sign a ceremonial contract which would allow him to retire as a Seahawk.

“I envision myself retiring as a Seahawk,” – Thomas explain. “I would never burn a bridge there. You know, I still love my teammates. I definitely see myself signing maybe a one-day deal, and hopefully, they’ll hang my jersey in the rafters.”

There is plenty of reasons why the Seahawks might decide to honor Earl Thomas’ wishes when the time comes. During his time in Seattle, Thomas established himself as one of the best safeties in the league and helped the organization to win Super Bowl XLVIII. He also added to that six Pro Bowl appearances alongside three All-Pro honors.

Despite their success together, Earl Thomas and Seahawks decided to part ways in this offseason after the two sides couldn’t reach an agreement regarding a new contract. Thomas ended up securing a four-year, $55 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens.

“My feelings towards the organization at the time, I was very heated, very frustrated,” – he added. “But when you look at the blessing that the Ravens organization has believed in me and gave me this mega-deal, I put all the stuff behind me and start to focus immediately on my new teammates and the Ravens organization. But obviously, everything that we’ve been through (in Seattle), everything I gave to that team, I felt kind of disrespected. But I know it’s a business, I know they’ve got other guys they need to pay like Russ [Russell Wilson], Frank Clark, Bobby [Wagner], and they’re very deserving as well.”