RENTON – The astonishing release by the Baltimore Ravens of former Seahawks safety Earl Thomas on Sunday continues to reverberate in the NFL.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was asked on Monday if he had any thoughts on what happened with Thomas in Baltimore – reports indicate the Baltimore players have asked the team to release Thomas and that ‘he was constantly late for meetings.
“It’s been a tough time for Earl,” said Carroll of Thomas, who signed with Baltimore as a free agent in March 2019 after playing nine seasons with Seattle. “It’s a difficult situation. I feel bad for him. I wish he could have prevented anything from happening.
“… It’s a bad state to come in when they send you home.”
In a response to a later question about Thomas, Carroll recalled that Thomas was generally a calm presence in the Seattle locker room (Thomas was never elected defensive team captain, for example, along with Kam Chancellor and / or Bobby Wagner. fulfilling this role every year since 2014 on).
“He was really calm,” Carroll said. “Very to himself, and rarely, rarely talked about and I didn’t call him much because I knew he was uncomfortable talking like that.
The Seahawks did not offer Thomas a contract after the 2018 season, a year in which he held out throughout training camp. He had taken extreme measures to voice his dissatisfaction with his Seattle contractual situation, including the infamous “come and get me” incident in Dallas in 2017.
Carroll said Monday he didn’t put too much weight in the move.
Carroll said Thomas thought it was “a harmless move,” but Carroll told him that because the media was there, “it wasn’t harmless as long as he was out.
“I didn’t care,” Carroll said of the incident. “… I know where he’s from and it didn’t bother me a bit. I didn’t think it was the right thing to do and I told him that.