UPDATE (6:52 p.m. Arrowhead Time)
AP lobbyist Peter Schrager added the following on the Seattle-Kansas City talks:
Following up on the Earl Thomas - to - Chiefs rumors from earlier today... Can confirm there were definitely discussions back in August on a potential trade. Those have slowed considerably since the season began, but phones lines always open in KC and Seattle. @NFLonFOX @gmfb— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) September 23, 2018
It’s not often you see breaking news such as this on game day, but here we are.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that disgruntled Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas could be traded, and the Kansas City Chiefs have emerged as a possible partner.
The Seahawks are considering a significant fine to Earl Thomas for conduct detrimental for twice missing practice. No final decision made. He's expected to play vs. Cowboys AND the Chiefs have emerged as a possible trade partner if Thomas is dealt this year, per sources.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) September 23, 2018
Thomas' unhappiness is simple: Seahawks have taken hard-line stance on new deal since Feb. The franchise has prioritized contracts for DE Frank Clark & WR/KR Tyler Lockett (done). Thomas in last season of 4-year $40 million deal, his second contract since he was a 1st rd pick.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) September 23, 2018
Thomas, 29, is a five-time All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowler who would be a welcomed addition to a Kansas City secondary that desperately needs the help.
With Eric Berry continuing to be held out with a sore heel injury over the season’s first two weeks, this interest makes you wonder if perhaps the injury is a bit worse than expected.
The Chiefs starters right now are Ron Parker and Eric Murray, with rookie Armani Watts and special teamer Jordan Lucas rounding out the depth. The Chiefs are hoping that Daniel Sorensen can return for the second half of the season.
Thanks to the Marcus Peters trade, the Chiefs have two 2019 second-rounders to play with. Could one be enough to acquire Thomas?
Should the Chiefs trade for Earl Thomas?
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