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Earl Thomas

26-Year-Old Safety – Seattle Seahawks

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The league's premier playmaker at free safety, Thomas has even more interception upside than his career stats show — he's rangy, athletic and runs like a cornerback even as he provides a big-hitting p...

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2015 ADP:  161.09

IDP Rank: Hidden

Bye Week:  9

HT: 5' 10"   WT: 202   DOB: 5/7/1989  College: Texas  DRAFTED: 1st Rd   Show ContractHide Contract


Earl Thomas Contract Information:

Signed a four-year, $40 million extension, with $27.725 million guaranteed, with the Seahawks in April of 2014.

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Thomas recorded nine tackles (six solo) and a forced fumble in Sunday's Week 1 opener against the Rams.

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Earl Thomas NFL Stats
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  Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Year Age Team G Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
2010 21 Sea 16 71 60 11 0 7 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2011 22 Sea 16 92 67 25 0 6 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 0
2012 23 Sea 16 61 39 22 0 9 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
2013 24 Sea 16 105 78 27 0 9 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2014 25 Sea 16 97 71 26 0 6 1 0 3 1 0 0 3 0
2015 26 Sea 3 14 10 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

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#1 Free Safety
  1. Earl Thomas
  2. Kelcie McCray
Seattle Seahawks

Snap Count Stats


Defensive Snaps in 2015

Earl Thomas was on the field for 177 of his team's snaps on defense in 2015.


Special Teams Snaps in 2015

Earl Thomas was on the field for 0 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2015.

Year Def ST
2013 955 87
2014 883 62
2015 177 0
Earl Thomas 2015 Game Log
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  Snap Count Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Week Opp Def ST Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
1 @StL 59 0 9 6 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2 @GB 71 0 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Chi 47 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Det
5 @Cin
6 Car
7 @SF
8 @Dal
9 BYE Bye Week
10 Ari
11 SF
12 Pit
13 @Min
14 @Bal
15 Cle
16 StL
17 @Ari

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for Earl Thomas  (View College Stats & News)
As Compared To Other Safeties
Height:   5' 10"
Weight:   202 lbs
40-Yard Dash
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Shuttle Time
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Cone Drill
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Arm Length:   31.25 in
Hand Length:   9.38 in
Vertical Jump
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Broad Jump
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Bench Press:   21 reps
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Earl Thomas: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Thomas (shoulder) won't play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Raiders, but Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll suggested that the safety is ready for Week 1.

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Thomas (shoulder) isn’t expected to play against Kansas City this Friday, the Seahawks' official site reports.

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Thomas (shoulder) returned to practice Tuesday but was held out of contact drills, the Seahawks' official site reports.

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Activated from the PUP list nearly two weeks ago, Thomas was contained to walkthrough practices until he participated in some 11-on-11 drills with the first-team defense Tuesday, albeit in a red no-contact jersey. Expect the routine to continue for at least a few days, which should include an absence Friday at Kansas City, but the safety appears to be approaching full health in time for the regular-season opener.
Thomas (shoulder) is participating in Saturday's walkthrough, but coach Pete Carroll said that the safety is still a "couple weeks away" from taking part in practice, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio KJR reports.

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Thomas (shoulder) was officially activated from the PUP list after passing his physical Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

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The occasion marks a necessary step in Thomas' quest for active status in Week 1, but he still has a decent road to travel to achieve such an end. As an IDP standout throughout his career, he's averaged 85.2 tackles (63 solo) per season, while adding 16 interceptions, eight forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and one touchdown across five complete campaigns.
Thomas (shoulder) is not expected to be cleared for training camp and isn't sure he'll be ready for Week 1, Ed Werder of ESPN reports.

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Thomas potentially missing games in the 2015 season was the risk the Seahawks took on when they played him in the Super Bowl with a torn labrum, so it isn't surprising he could miss at least one game. It will likely come down to when Thomas is able to reach training camp, so he should be monitored for the next couple of months to get a more concrete return time.
Thomas (shoulder) hasn't progressed to 11-on-11 work as of Tuesday's OTA, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

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Thomas has always earned extremely high marks for his effectiveness in real football terms – he's widely recognized as one of the top players on Seattle's league-best defense – but his IDP utility never really matched his real-life value before last season. His 92-tackle 2011 season was sandwiched between a 71-tackle 2010 rookie season and a 61-tackle 2012 season, so he didn't seem like much of a tackle-source heading into last year. Thomas went off in 2013, making 105 stops (78 solo) to go along with five interceptions, increasing his career interception total to 15. While Thomas' year-to-year tackle fluctuation implies that he might be a bit more risky than some of the other players in this range, his risk factor is offset a bit by his consistency in coverage. He has two five-interception seasons in his five-year career, and he should continue making plays in coverage thanks to Seattle's dominant pass rush forcing bad throws.


Thomas is coming off a remarkably weak IDP campaign in which he totaled just 61 tackles, but that number seems like a fluke, and few safeties have Thomas' ball skills. After such an improbably unproductive year, it's time for the pendulum to swing back for Thomas. He had 92 tackles in the 2011 season, and he's due for a breakout interception season after pulling in only five over the last two seasons. A stronger Seattle pass rush should help him on that front.


Thomas was the heavy favorite to be Seattle's the top IDP option last year, but his failure to meet that mark had more to do with Kam Chancellor's surprising ascent rather than any decline on Thomas' part. The 2010 first-round pick finished last year with 98 tackles (69 solo) and two interceptions. It was basically the opposite stat line than what was expected from Thomas, who is known for his coverage skills rather than his tackling ability. He remains one of the league's most talented safeties, in any case, so he could find a happy medium between last year's tackle-heavy stats and the turnover potential he showed as a rookie when he intercepted five passes. It's worth noting that though Thomas' ceiling doesn't appear to be as high as Chancellor's, Thomas' floor is arguably higher since he hasn't missed a game in his two NFL seasons.


The list of safeties that can match Thomas’ potential as a coverage specialist is very short. The 14th overall pick from the 2010 draft is a rangy playmaker with cornerback-like speed and generally good instincts. His short-term fantasy value might be limited due to his modest run-stopping abilities, however, as he finished last year with a mostly average total of 76 tackles (64 solo). He really hit the rookie wall toward the end of the year, totaling just 13 tackles (11 solo) in his last five games, but the 22-year-old should be more consistent in his sophomore season.


The 14th overall pick in the 2010 Draft, Thomas is expected to start at free safety for Pete Carroll’s Seahawks, replacing Jordan Babineaux whose 104 tackles ranked fifth among defensive backs last season. At 5-10, 197, Thomas is a touch on the small side for an NFL safety — he’s more of a cornerback/safety ‘tweener at this point — but is highly regarded for his ball-hawking skills. He’s not known for his tackling, but as Babineaux showed last season, the opportunities should be there. And whatever tackles he leaves on the field, he should make up for it with picks as he has great range.