The business of the NFL can be cruel and unforgiving. Just ask Earl Thomas.
On a play where the Arizona Cardinals’ rookie quarterback Josh Rosen threw a pass to receiver Chad Williams, Thomas was injured. The catch resulted in a touchdown, and Thomas’ lower leg collides with Willaims as he hops over the receiver in the end zone. A cast was placed on his leg and he was carted off the field. While the Cardinals’ sideline showed their support for Thomas, he raised his middle finger in the direction of the Seahawks’ sideline.
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) October 1, 2018
It’s unclear if that’s actually what he doing (or rather, where he was actually directing it), but given his desire for a new contract and more respect from the team this season — sure looks like something that we’ll hear about going forward. In the postgame press conference, head coach Pete Carroll deflected the question, remarking that “it’s a big stadium.”
“I love Earl. I’ve always loved him,” Carroll stated after the game. “I’ve loved everything he’s ever done for us.” It’s unsure if Thomas shares the same sentiment.
It’s safe to say that Thomas has played his final game for the Seahawks. Thomas took a gamble and didn’t hold out for a guaranteed payday, similar to why Le’Veon Ball is holding out in Pittsburgh. Thomas will be looking for s new home next season, but his window for a large payday may have just passed him bye.