Earl Thomas downplaying return to Seattle: ‘Business as usual’
The nine years Earl Thomas spent as a member of the Seattle Seahawks came to an unceremonious end early on during the 2018 season, but the three-time First-Team All-Pro safety is downplaying his return to CenturyLink Field Sunday as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.
In fact, Thomas characterized his first game against his former team in Week 7 as “business as usual.”
“Nothing hit me yet,” Thomas said Wednesday, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN. “I’m just trying to get the game plan down and take it one day at a time and get my body right for the game. No emotions yet. Nothing has really hit me yet.”
Thomas’ time in Seattle officially came to a close when he signed a four-year, $55 million contract with the Ravens in March, but the writing was on the wall long before that.
Thomas suffered a broken leg during a September game last season. While being carted off, he infamously flipped off the Seahawks’ sideline, a gesture directed at head coach Pete Carroll, who Thomas believes was being disingenuous while showing concern over the injury.
The 2018 campaign also got off to an inauspicious start for Thomas and the Seahawks, as the superstar skipped all of training camp and preseason amid a contract dispute before reporting to the team right before Week 1.
Given all the evident bad blood between Thomas and the Seahawks, he was asked whether he planned on interacting with Carroll or other members of the coaching staff on Sunday.
“I’m going to take it as it comes,” Thomas said. “I still have a good relationship with most of the guys on the staff. I’ll definitely speak if we time it up.”
Thomas of course was a featured member of the Seahawks’ fearsome “Legion of Boom.” Thomas hopes his legacy, which included being a key leader both on and off the field as the Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII, is secure enough that the fans will show their appreciation.
“Hopefully they respect what I’ve done, get a couple of cheers and not too many boos,” Thomas said. “Hopefully, it’s love.”