Seahawks extend Earl Thomas to lucrative long term deal

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Boom! It was bound to happen eventually, but the Seahawks finally have extended free safety Earl Thomas to a long-term deal. According to Ian Rapoport, the new contract will make him the highest paid safety in the NFL:

Prior to Thomas’ extension, the highest paid safety in the league was Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs with $8.4 million in base salary. ET’s new deal tops Berry’s by a nice margin. Rapoport followed up with contract details a short while ago:

He will play out the last year of his current deal before starting the new one, which gives the Seahawks some bonus cap flexibility for 2014. Thomas has played four years with the Seattle Seahawks, tallying 253 tackles and 15 interceptions. How do you feel about the news, Earl?

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We’re excited too.

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