Another safety holdout mars start of Seahawks camp

Friday, July 27, 2018

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — For the second time in four seasons, the Seattle Seahawks have started training camp with a star safety absent because of his contract situation.

This one may not end as amicably as the last time.

In an offseason already filled with big name departures, the Seahawks opened camp Thursday without safety Earl Thomas, who is trying to force the hand of the only franchise he’s played for in his attempt to get a new contract.

Thomas’ current deal runs through the end of the upcoming season. He announced his intentions in June to skip any team activities until Seattle addressed his longterm security and he held true to that statement by skipping the mandatory minicamp and not showing up for the Seahawks’ first practice.