"For me, I think a lot of people are sleeping on the talent that we have in the room," Wagner said during a guest appearance on 710 ESPN Seattle Monday morning. "A lot of people are saying it's a fresh start. No, it's just kind of that mentality. We had guys that left for whatever reason and it's the next-guy-up mentality."
But when it comes to Thomas, the three-time All-Pro remains absent from the voluntary portion of the offseason workout program. Thomas, who enters the final year of his contract and will earn a base salary of $8.5 million, has been the subject of trade speculation throughout the offseason.
Meanwhile, it appears there won't be animosity for Thomas as the free safety navigates the business side of football. Wagner made it a point to mention his teammates before signing off the radio show.
"Before we get off, I would like to take this time to shout out to Earl Thomas," Wagner said. "I think he's an amazing player, he's an amazing person, he's a Hall of Famer. And just let him know that we're over here and we're wishing for the best in that situation and we're thinking about him. And I just want him to know that."
Regardless how Wagner feels about the current talent level in Seattle, there is little doubt the Seahawks need Thomas on the field.
Thomas is widely regarded as the top free safety in the game and without him in the mix, the outside talk of a potential rebuilding year in Seattle could only get louder.