John Schneider: Seahawks aren't trying to trade Earl Thomas

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The chances of the Seattle Seahawks trading Earl Thomas diminished considerably over the weekend when he remained with the team through the second day of the NFL draft.

Another indication a trade isn't likely came Thursday,discount nfl jerseys when general manager John Schneider said in an interview with Seattle's Sports Radio 950 KRJ that the team isn't trying to move its All-Pro free safety. Specifically, he was asked if the Seahawks are still "actively" looking for a trade partner.

"The way to answer that is that we’re not doing our job if we don’t listen to everybody," he said. "If you guys could sit next to me throughout the draft, you’d be blown away with what you hear. You have to be ready to make decisions all the way through whether it’s the first round, third round or fifth round with players that are on their restricted tenders that want to be moved, so there’s names being thrown around all the time."38

That's been a common response from Schneider to questions about a possible Thomas trade, which has been one of the more pressing topics of Seattle's offseason. It has persisted for several reasons.

Thomas is entering the final year of his contract and at one point mentioned the possibility of holding out if he didn't get a new deal, though his stance on that may have changed. This comes at a time when the Seahawks are reshaping their roster at the expense of some of their star players such as Richard Sherman (released), Michael Bennett (traded) and Jimmy Graham (left in free agency), to name a few. discount authentic nfl jerseys The Dallas Cowboys also have known interest in Thomas. ESPN's Todd Archer reported that the Cowboys may continue to pursue Thomas before the 2018 season.

However, the best chance of a trade almost certainly came and went along with the second day of the draft. That's because a trade now would have to include 2019 draft picks, which wouldn't be nearly as valuable to the Seahawks since they can no longer draft an immediate replacement.

Schneider also said in the KJR interview that the team "would love" to extend left tackle Duane Brown before the season. Brown has one year left on the contract the Seahawks inherited when they acquired him in a trade with the Houston Texans in October. The Seahawks gave up their third-round pick in that deal, which is why Schneider said he considered Brown to be, in a sense, a part of Seattle's recent draft class.

"We had to keep looking over at that card too right, in the third round, like, 'OK, he’s part of this too,'" Schneider said. "When we made that move, we were hoping to lock him up, have him finish his career here."

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