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i don’t like him as a person but as a player he is a great fit. Now let’s sign Justin Houston and get some offensive line help.

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I like the signing but why not just keep Weddle? Instead you cut Weddle and sign another big money safety which is going to cost us a 3rd round comp pick. I’d rather have Weddle and a 3rd over Thomas. 

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8 minutes ago, Finisher said:

Thomas is way better than Weddle.

We get Ingram for 3/15. Liking the money there.

I agree, I just don't like giving up such a valuable draft pick to go from Weddle to Thomas.

I was against signing Ingram but at that price theres nothing to complain about.

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2 minutes ago, Brian88 said:

I agree, I just don't like giving up such a valuable draft pick to go from Weddle to Thomas.

I was against signing Ingram but at that price theres nothing to complain about.

Same here.  Thomas is definitely an upgrade, but I would rather have kept Weddle.  We haven't seen the specifics of the deal, but Thomas got 4 years, $55 Mil.  That's an average annual value of almost $14 Mil./year.  That's gotta make him one of the top paid safeties in the league. To me:

Weddle+3rd round pick > Thomas+big cap hit+no draft pick+$1.75 Mil. in dead money (from Weddle)

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Keep in mind Weddle was only going to be here for one more year most likely.   He couldn't tackle well and didn't get picks.  Thomas probably has more left in the tank than Weddle.  

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I would have preferred to sign Mathieu, but ok I guess I get it.

One of my friends pointed out that ESPN was reporting that imagined Earl Thomas was going to set the market this year for the position, so I guess paying 3rd highest offers some value there?

We definitely needed help at the position.  

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A 30 year old coming off of a broken leg.  That shouldn't slow him down at all.  So a 3rd pick plus a big salary. 

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As long as the leg healed fine I'm happy with the Thomas signing. The Ravens haven't had a Safety like this since Reed. I don't like losing the 3rd rounder, but the secondary looks pretty good.

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On 3/13/2019 at 12:18 PM, Brian88 said:

 

i don’t like him as a person but as a player he is a great fit. Now let’s sign Justin Houston and get some offensive line help.

Curious--why don't you like ET as a person?  His holdout?  Flipping the bird to his bench?

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Good article on Thomas up on ESPN right now.

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/26491252/all-pro-thomas-rule-retiring-seattle

Interesting behind-the-scenes look at what FA looked like for him.  He was about to agree to a 1 year $12M contract with the Chiefs when we swooped in and gave him the big multiyear deal.

So either we will look amazing or terrible for blowing away that offer, I predict.

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On 3/14/2019 at 7:22 PM, Catch 8 said:

Curious--why don't you like ET as a person?  His holdout?  Flipping the bird to his bench?

I sort of understand his frustration with getting hurt:

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http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000968896/article/leveon-bell-on-earl-thomas-injury-ill-be-the-bad-guy

When Earl Thomas went down with a broken leg in Sunday's win over the Arizona Cardinals, it underscored the reason the safety held out trying to get a new contract.

Thomas caved on his holdout, and now will miss the rest of the season before likely heading into free agency.

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner provided some context for the pressure Thomas had been under.

"If he doesn't come then he's not a team player," Wagner said of Thomas. "If he does come and gets hurt, then it's 'he shouldn't have came'... if I was him, I'd be pissed off."

 

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