Seahawks safety Earl Thomas said in an interview on the Rich Eisen Show Tuesday he is still contemplating retirement.
Thomas, who did the interview via phone, said when asked about a Tweet he sent out after he suffered a season-ending broken leg that he was considering retiring that he has yet to make up his mind about his future.
“Yeah I’m kind of enjoying just waking up in the mornings without the pressure,’’ Thomas said. “Peace is starting to return to me, bro, and I think that’s my ultimate goal in my life — I just want to have peace.
“But I can say I went back to the VMAC (the team’s training facility in Renton) the other day, my competitive juices came right back. So I don’t know man. I’m kind of caught in between right now.’’
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Asked whether his initial Tweet were just emotions taking over, Thomas said: “I mean, of course emotions were taking over me. But I was still thinking like clearly in my eyes. And like I said, I still kind of feel the same way. There’s a lot of pressure when you play in this game and I play at a high level and my teammates expect me to do what I do. And it’s all about recommitting myself and I don’t now. I don’t ever want to step on a football field half-heartedly.’’
Thomas said he is enjoying waking up in the mornings and being able to spend time with his family, including 4-year-old daughter Kaleigh Rose.
“It’s hard to be well-rounded when you are always thinking about football and I definitely want to be better as a man, not just as a football player,’’ Thomas said. “So I started thinking about things like that. And it just has me thinking.’’
Thomas, 27, has played for the Seahawks since 2010. His contract runs through the 2018 and is due to pay him $10.4 million in base salary ($8.5 million) and signing bonus ($1.9 million) each of the next two seasons.
Thomas’ contract has a dead cap value of $3.8 million in 2017 and $1.9 million in 2018.
If he were to retire the Seahawks would undoubtedly place him on the reserve/retired list, as they did with Marshawn Lynch, which would mean the team would retain his rights through the life of his contract. The Seahawks would also by rule be allowed to recoup the signing bonus money for the two years remaining on his contract.
Thomas suffered a broken tibia in the win over Carolina on Dec. 4.
He was placed on Injured Reserve the following week and is out for the season.
Asked about his leg, Thomas said: “It’s good man. It’s getting better by the day. Just got it propped up in my office. So there’s nothing really I can really do on it. Just kind of let it heal. Got a cast on it.’’
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the week after Thomas’ injury that it would take “months’’ for him to recover.
“He’s got a serious recovery he’s going to have to go through,” Carroll said. “It’s going to take a while.”
Carroll on Tuesday said he hadn’t heard what Thomas said in his interview with Eisen but said he met with Thomas during his visit to the VMAC a few days ago.
“He’s doing fine, getting better,” Carroll said. “More upbeat than he was when it first happened. He’s got a lot of time to figure it out. I’m not worried about it.”
Teammate Richard Sherman said he also had talked to Thomas and that “I don’t think he’s going to retire. But you know, crazier things have happened in the world. But that’s just my opinion.”
Safety Kam Chancellor, though, sounded more noncommittal, saying of Thomas discussing retirement “man, I don’t know. I don’t know what Earl is going to do about what he is putting out there. I know he’s going through an emotional stage right now with the injury with the broken leg. So I’ve been injured and I know how you can be emotionally. So I don’t really know.”