Seahawks GM: My sense is Earl Thomas wants to stay

The NFL draft came and went with Earl Thomas remaining a Seattle Seahawk.

That didn’t mean teams didn’t sniff around about the All-Pro safety. Seahawks general manager John Schneider said after the draft a number of clubs called about Thomas, and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Cowboys balked at giving up a second-round pick for the safety.

With those talks falling through, Schneider reiterated Thursday on 710 ESPN Seattle that he believes Thomas wants to be part of the Seahawks organization.

My sense is that he wants to be here, Schneider said. I haven’t got that sense from his agents at all.

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As Pelissero notes, the contract indicates Sproles isn’t simply summer fodder to be cut before the season but instead should have a role despite turning 35 in June.

Consider some other guarantees on recent free agent running back deals: Mike Davis, $350,000; Jeremy Hill, $150,000; Alfred Blue, $90,000; Frank Gore, $90,000. Sproles comes in south of RBs like LeGarrette Blount ($2 million guaranteed), who should have a big role with his new team, but ahead of players who could be squeezed out by the time the regular season rolls around.

Sproles looked to be in line for a sizable role last season before tearing his ACL during a Week 3 match. He had seven touches in the season opener and 12 touches in Week 2.

Built like a beer keg with feet, Sproles still owns the speed to be a matchup nightmare for defenses. Having him as a threat in punt returns is a huge bonus for Philly. The speedster currently ranks eighth all-time in all-purpose yards.canucks_004

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