Earl Thomas has emerged as one of the most important players on the NFL’s top-ranked defense, and the Seattle Seahawks want to make him part of their long-term future with a new contract extension in the offseason.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport first reported the news Sunday. [tweet https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/430080585630220288 align=”center”] [tweet https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/430090471013367808 align=”center”]
Thomas tallied 105 tackles and five interceptions during the regular season, earning him a third career Pro Bowl selection. His consistently strong play in the secondary — a group nicknamed the “Legion of Boom” — helped Seattle rank No. 1 in pass defense and seventh in run defense.
The 24-year-old safety earned a base salary of $2.05 million this season, per FOX Sports.
Thomas will be an important part of the Seahawks’ game plan to stop Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos’ high-scoring offense when the sides meet in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday night.