Schein: Why Seattle won't repeat
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport broke the news Monday that the Seahawks and Thomas agreed to a blockbuster four-year contract extension worth $40 million with $27.725 guaranteed, per a source informed of the situation. The pact includes a $9.5 million signing bonus, according to a source involved. In all, the deal will make Thomas easily the highest-paid safety in the NFL.
Thomas was the team's first-round pick in 2010, and he's started all 16 games each season since being drafted. Already the best safety in the NFL, Thomas will now be paid like it.
Prior to Thomas' new deal, Jairus Byrd ($9 million) and Eric Berry ($8.4 million) had the highest base salaries from the safety position, per spotrac.com. Byrd signed a six-year, $54 million contract with the New Orleans Saints this offseason, including a $11 million signing bonus ($26.3 million guaranteed).