On Sept. 5, All-Pro safety Earl Thomas announced the end of his offseason-long holdout from the Seattle Seahawks in an Instagram post. "People that are criticizing whatever happened don't understand. He's trying to play this game he loves and all of sudden this happens again", Carroll said, via ESPN. Plenty of players on the fringes of the league, the guys you watch on Hard Knocks who get cut on a whim, have neither the leverage nor the ability to cash in.
"Give him a little slack".
His frustration boiled over as Thomas was being carted off the field and he gave the middle finger while he left - to his own bench.More news: Federal Bureau of Investigation contacts Kavanaugh accuser with allegations from university
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Carroll gets it. Thomas knew all along.
Seattle, who's original asking price was reportedly two second-round draft picks, lowered their price to one second-rounder, per Rapoport. He has missed multiple practices, and the team has been on the fence about whether to fine him for those missed practices, and if so, how much. "I told him that we had him".
By not practicing and keeping himself in the best shape possible during the week, Thomas was attempting to avoid injury and maximize the value of his next contract. Linebacker K.J. Wright could still be out a couple more weeks as he continues to recover from arthroscopic knee surgery he had in late August.