“Come get me.”

Everyone heard the words spoken from Seattle Seahawks safety, Earl Thomas, as he jogged into the Dallas Cowboys locker room, following a 21-12 victory for Seattle. He was telling Dallas’ head coach, Jason Garrett, to come get him if he is released by the Seahawks. But is that all it was, or was there more to it than meets the eye? Thomas is a six-time Pro Bowler, after coming out of the University of Texas, and later on in the night he tried to explain what he meant.

“I’m still in the prime of my career, I still want to be here. But when Seattle kicks me to the curb, please, the Cowboys, come get me,” said Thomas. It’s not something we normally see, but after a clear explanation, it seems like he’s being honest with the media, which is also something we don’t always get. The Seahawks are 9-6 on the season and are still in playoff contention, but they’ll need help in order to return to the postseason.

If the Atlanta Falcons lose to the Carolina Panthers and Seattle takes care of business against the Arizona Cardinals, the Seahawks will get back to the postseason. Meanwhile, with the loss last weekend, Dallas is eliminated with a disappointing 8-7 record after going 13-3 last season. Thomas has been a staple among Seattle’s defense alongside Richard Sherman for much of the last decade, helping to win Super Bowl XLVIII over the Denver Broncos.

However, in recent years, the team hasn’t been able to find as much success, and that’s been no more clear than this season, as they’ve struggled to win big games and have failed to get a successful ground game going. It seems as though Thomas’ comments were out of bounds, and maybe they were, but following his explanation, it doesn’t seem like he already has one foot out of the door. Thomas is one of the top safeties in the NFL, and he doesn’t seem like the type to let his personal aspirations affect his play.

Even his head coach, Pete Carroll, has Thomas’ back in this unique situation, saying: “We all know Earl and Earl’s a wonderful guy and a great competitor … In this day and age, everything you say just goes and goes. Writing looks different than as you would say it.” This incident is certainly a strange set of circumstances, especially with the possibility of the Seahawks still making the playoffs, but it doesn’t seem like Thomas did anything wrong.

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